Physics 141, Fall 2016.

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Lab 03: 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. 15 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. 40 points: data analysis. You will get 20 points for experiment 1 and 20 points for experiment 2. We will check for the following details:
    1. Did you describe how you determined the velocities and the impulse?
    2. Did you describe how you corrected for the effects of friction?
    3. Did you include graphs showing the relation between the change in the linear momentum and the impulse of the force (experiment 1) and linear momentum before and after the collision (experiment 2)?
    4. Did you draw the appropriate conclusions? Discuss what you expect to see and whether your observations agree with your expectations.
  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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