Physics 1062 Laboratory Syllabus Spring 2015
Pre-lab, Attendance, and Punctuality

The prelab exercise is to simply read the manual for that day’s experiment before you come to lab. A short quiz will be given at the beginning of lab to assess whether you have read through the manual.

Please show up on time, you’ll get started working on the lab right away after the quiz and a brief introduction from the instructor. Late students who miss the instructions and safety precautions for the day’s experiment will not be allowed into the lab.

No lab report may be turned in if you did not attend the lab session.

Reports turned in late will lose 10% per day after the due date.

Due Dates and Plagiarism

Reports are due at the beginning of the class the week after the experiment is performed.

Each student must do their own report, data will be the same for lab partners, but any written parts and plots must be completed independently and in your own words.

Plagiarism violates the student code of conduct and the department has a zero tolerance policy. Turning in another student’s work as your own will result in disciplinary action.

Students are 100% responsible to check that their lab grades are shown correctly in Blackboard before the last lab of the semester. Report any discrepancies to your lab instructor.


You are not graded on how close you come to the actual value of whatever you are measuring as long as you performed the lab correctly and can explain any errors. Sometimes getting incorrect results is just as educational as obtaining correct ones if you do indeed learn from the mistakes. If instructed, follow error propagation rules whenever using measured values in calculations (see the instructor for further details on error propagation).

Reports /Technical Writing

See the attached rubric for a breakdown of the lab grading.

Clearly communicating your results is just as important as the results themselves. Please be...

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