Physics 141, Fall 2016.

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Lab 02: Point Distribution

The maximum number of points for the lab report is 100. The following list shows how these 100 points are distributed:

  1. 10 points: overall layout. See http://teacher.pas.rochester.edu/PHY141/Laboratory/WritingInformation/Write_Report.htm for a description of the layout of a good lab report.
  2. 10 points: overall style of the writing. Can the reader follow the story? Does the writing make sense from a logical point of view?
  3. 20 points: description of the experiments. Is sufficient detail provided to determine what you actually did? For example: Did you describe the tools that were used in the measurements? Did you include other relevant details of the experiments (e.g. band spacing, mass of the cart, angle measurement)?
  4. 35 points: data analysis. You will get 20 points for experiment 1 and 15 points for experiment 2. We will check for the following details:
    1. Did you describe how you determined the acceleration?
    2. Did you describe how you determined the errors?
    3. Did you include graphs of the acceleration vs, the various mass function to show the linear relation between the acceleration and these mass functions? Discuss the slope of the linear relations. Make sure your data points include error bars.
    4. Did you draw the appropriate conclusions? For experiment 1 there should be a theory, for experiment 2 there should be a statement of whether the provided theory is correct.
  5. 20 points: supporting materials. Quality of data tables. Did you include your data in table format? Use of proper number of significant figures in data tables. Are data tables numbered and referred to in the text? Did you include a table captions that explains what is included in the table? Quality of figures/graphs. Are the x and y axes labelled? Do the axes labels include units? Are there error bars shown when appropriate? Are the figures numbered and referred to in the text? Did you include a figure captions that explains what is shown in the figure?
  6. 5 points: Quality of the summary and the conclusions.

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