1. Before attempting to perform a lab, read the lab’s protocol in its entirety, look over the relevant supplemental materials, and gather all of the necessary materials.
2. Exercise caution and respect the safety of yourself and others at all times.
3. Keep notes as you perform experiments.
4. Use the lab reports to report your results.
5. Type your answers, observations, and results in bold.
6. Save your report often as you fill it out, so as not to lose information.
7. Use the “Save As” option to save your file as a Word file.
8. Save your lab report with this file name: Last name, underscore, First Initial, underscore H1. Thus Charles Darwin would save his Unit 1 Home Lab Report 1 as Darwin_C_H1.
9. Submit reports 1-4 as under the corresponding assignment link in week 2before 11:59 PM PST on the second Sunday of class.
10. Submit reports 5-8 as under the corresponding assignment link in week 4before 11:59 PM PST on the second Sunday of class.
11. Please note that the reports will be scanned for plagiarism, and it will be flagged for both containing web content verbatim and previously submitted papers- this includes your previous submissions if you have taken the class previously.
Each of your lab reports MUST include the following components to receive full credit and be organized in the following way.
1. Purpose (4 pts): one to two sentences briefly stating the learning objective for the assigned lab.
2. Lab Summary (6 pts): Explain what was observed during the lab activity. This section should be approximately one paragraph in length.
3. Lab Answers (14 pts): Answers to the lab report questions that reflect and demonstrate your understanding on the concepts. (Should be written in complete sentences for Labs 2-6)
4. Discussion and Conclusions (16 pts):1-2 paragraph learning reflection that summarize the lab and specifically addresses the learning objectives relating them back to the data or observations collected in the lab.
|Unacceptable||Poor Effort||Good; Needs Improvement||Meets all Requirements|
|Purpose||No purpose provided (0 points)||Purpose does not state the learning objective and is unclear (1 point)||Purpose states learning objective but is not well thought through or written in a complete sentences. Purpose does not cover all aspects of the lab. (2 point)||Purpose states the learning objective, touches all aspects of the lab, and is written in a complete, well-thought out sentences (4 points)|
|Lab Summary||Missing (0 points)||Summary is incomplete (2 point)||Summary lacks complete thoughts and are not thorough (4 points)||Summary explains what occurred throughout the entirety of the lab and are 1 paragraph in length (6 points)|
|Lab Answers||No answers provided (0 points)
|Lab answers lack detail, understanding, and/or bold print. Not all answers are provided (2-6 points)||Lab answers are provided and reveal the student had a strong understanding of the lab objectives. Not all questions are answered in detail or in bold. (8-12 points)||All lab answers are provided and reveal the student had a strong understanding of the lab objectives. Each question is answered in detail and in complete sentences. Also, the answers are in bold (14 points)|
|Discussion and Conclusions||No discussion & conclusions (0 points)||The discussion & conclusions does not meet length requirements and provides a weak summary of the lab activity and data (2-8 points)||The discussion & conclusions is on the shorter side of the length requirements and does not contain a thorough summary of the lab objectives and/or findings (9-15 points).||The discussion & conclusions is 1 -2 paragraphs long and contains references to the data found in the lab. The conclusion summarizes findings and reiterates the learning outcomes. Numerical values are mentioned. Possible issues, mistakes, and other occurrences during the lab are discussed (16 points). Please note this is not a diary!|
Weak discussion & conclusions containing little in the way of quality content or revealing a lack of effort towards reflecting on the purpose of the lab activity will receive ZERO credit!
1. Using a metric ruler, determine the length of the items in Table 1.1 below:
In the final column, you are to estimate your measurement precision. To do this, measure each item a second or even third time. How close are the measurements? If there is a range of values for the length you measure, record the average difference between measurement values as your uncertainty. If your measured value for a given object appears the same after repeated measurements, this does not necessarily mean that your uncertainty is zero. Look closely at your ruler or measurement device and estimate the smallest unit of length that you would be able to discriminate with it. Every measurement device has limits. For instance, very few people use a ruler with a precision greater than 1/3 or 1/2 of a millimeter; in many cases, even this precision is difficult or impossible to obtain. Typically +/- 1 mm is standard for measuring flat objects with a ruler, but this uncertainty can be expected to go up when the object has significant curvature or its length is not quite so well defined.
To measure the circumference (length around) of your head or thigh, wrap a piece of string around it and mark where the string meets itself. Then lay the string out flat and measure the length with your ruler.
Table 1.1. Metric measurements and uncertainties.
|Your favorite shoe||.254||25.4||254||10||2.54|
|Your index finger||0.0762||7.62||76.2||3||7.62|
|Fingernail of your pinky||0.003175||0.3175||3.175||1/8||.3175|
|Width of a credit card|
|The circumference of
|The circumference of