Introductory Physics Lab Manual
There are seven labs to be completed during the semester. Lab reports must be submitted at the beginning of the following lab period. Note that the grade of incomplete (INC) will be assigned for the course if all lab reports have not been submitted by the required dates.
Introductory physics labs will start early in the semester.
- Check the schedule (below) for your lab; in August 2013 there are some labs on August 30!
- Find the lab manual for your course (listed below).
- Print the lab and graph paper that you will need before you attend the lab and take it with you to the lab.
- Watch the video if it is available before you go to your lab.
- Be on time for your lab and plan to stay for the full time allotted.
- If you miss a lab then you must make up that lab. Please contact Mr. Telesford to arrange a makeup.
INTRODUCTION: Brief overview of theory or natural law phenomenon behind the experiment. Also included here are intended outcome and relation to real world application along with an example. [3 points]
PROCEDURE: As these are predesigned lab experiments with documented procedure, the student only needs to rewrite clearly and concisely in his/her own words. Further if there is an innovation which a student in his/her opinion considers to be better, upon the Teaching Assistant's permission this procedure must be clearly written. Here the student can contrast the methods, highlighting pros as to why he/she chose this particular method.
Note the procedure is NOT a chronology of events; rather it contains what was done and how each element/piece of apparatus was utilized. [3 points]
RESULTS/CALCULATION: Raw Data- This must be clearly and neatly labeled, inclusive of original sketches and data points. Any error in this section is simply crossed out with a single line; hence there is no need for white out, repeated scratches or erasing. [3 points]
Questions and Answers- All questions which are listed in the lab are answered here. [12 points]
CONCLUSION: Some repetition may occur here as the student states a summary of his/her results while discussing if it was in line with the initial anticipated outcome. Suggestions can be made for improvement on procedure/method of experiment. (Citations use MLA format) [4 points]