- Your lab notebook should
be a small 3 ring binder or folio into which you will insert the
required content (listed below). Be sure that it contains blank writing
and/or graph paper for taking lab notes. The content of your lab
notebook will be checked when you leave the lab. Your oral presentation
to your lab instructor will be from your notebook where all of your
graphs, etc. should be placed until you assemble them into your written
report. Over thirty percent of your lab grade is based on the neatness,
organization and thoroughness of your notebook content. Your written
lab report should also fit nicely into your notebook.
- Each lab partner will be
graded independently and must perform all lab write-ups and during lab
notes independently. Only the actual acquisition and storing of the lab
data are to be done jointly.
- Be sure to obtain a copy
of your data (and have backup arrangements) before you leave the lab! A
USB memory stick is recommended but several options are possible
including: storing the data directly to your mapped engineering
directory, Emailing the data to yourself or an FTP transfer to your
- Include the course name
and number, your name, partner's name, TA's name, lab section and
- There is a MS-Word
template available for each lab on the Lab
Handouts web page.
- A copy of the lab
handout should be in your notebook at the start of the lab session.
- The notes taken during
the lab should start with a brief description of the lab setup. In
particular any wiring connections should be documented.
- Notes describing the
procedure for each different step of the experiment are to be made.
- Observations (quick
sketches of the oscilloscope graphs, wiring hookup...) and comments are
to be included in the notebook.
- A brief description of
each data file recorded is to be logged. When saving files in Virtual
Bench be sure to include comments describing the data in the comment
box before saving.
is a example of "B" quality lab notes.
This should be a brief description of what you did and how you
(should fit easily on one printed page). This should be to-the-point
your own words, not a paraphrasing of the laboratory handout. It should
the objectives of the experiment and its significance as well as a
statement of the significant conclusions.
In this short form
report format, your Results section should
contain all of the required graphs, figures and tables. Each figure
clearly numbered and titled with a descriptive caption. Graphs should
clearly labeled and show appropriate units. At the end of your Results
you should include examples of any hand calculations used in obtaining
results. These should be clearly labeled. Include transducer
calculations. Pay special attention to units and be sure that your
results are sensible and of reasonable magnitude.
In this section you
should discuss the nature of your results,
giving particular attention to the agreement of your results with
Explaining disagreements between ideal results and your results should
Be sure to respond to incidental questions mentioned in the write-up
lab session. Also mention any difficulties that you may have had with
experiment. One page should normally be adequate.
In each experiment
we will have several specific questions
listed at the end of the lab write-up. Answer these questions carefully
your best, concise language. Read your answers carefully before turning
to be sure they are complete and make sense to you.
Use the reference style described in the
Journal (see below).
Appendix A of the class text by Figliola 
excellent technical writing review.
Include portions of
data files here as examples. Be sure the
file header is included.
(10%) Lab Preparation including
notebook. Check off
required lab results.
(10%) Notebook review.
(15%) Oral presentation of results.
In your lab
presentation, you may be required to login to a lab PC and demonstrate
functioning Excel spreadsheet.
(5%) Summary content, quality of
writing and clarity.
(30%) Presentation of results.
organization of Excel spreadsheets. Quality, clarity and consistency of
(25%) Demonstration of your
understanding of the
results as evidenced in your discussion and answers to specific
(5%) Neatness, references and
1. Figliola, R. S.,
Beasley, D. E., 2000, Theory and Design
for Mechanical Measurements, Third Edition, John Wiley,