The maximum number of points for the lab report is 100. The following list shows how these 100 points are distributed:
- 10 points: Overall layout. Are all components there? See http://teacher.pas.rochester.edu/PHY141/Laboratory/WritingInformation/Write_Report.htm for
a description of the layout of a good lab report.
- 25 points: Video analysis.
20 points: Processing of class data.
- 10 points. General description of procedure (e.g. calibration,
- 10 points. Description of method used to determine the velocities
before and after the collision and their errors. Corrections
- 5 points. Description of the method used to combine the results
of the colliding partners.
30 points: Data analysis.
- 10 points. General description of the procedure (e.g. calculation
of change in linear momentum, calculation of loss of kinetic energy,
error analysis, etc.)
- 10 points. Determination of conservation
of linear momentum. How well
is linear momentum conserved? Are there collisions that can be excluded
on this basis? If you have 64 collisions, how many times do you expect
the change in the linear momentum to differ by more than 2 sigma from 0? How
many times do you expect the change in the linear momentum to differ by more
than 3 sigma from 0?
10 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?
5 points: Quality of the summary and the conclusions.
- 10 points. Description of the models being considered and the procedure
followed to test these models.
- 10 points. Graphs that illustrate how well these models describe
the data. Graphs need to include error bars (which are different
for the different collisions).
- 10 points. Testing the models. Which model describes the
data best? How did you come to this conclusion (you need to make
this quantitative). If none of them do, are there different models
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