You will report most of your work in laboratory reports written in
a format similar to that used in scientific journals. Details will be
provided in separate Report Format handouts. Due dates are listed in
the course schedule and summarized below.
Late work will be penalized by 5% per day, including weekends. No
credit will be given for work received after its answer key has been
posted. If you are unable
to meet a deadline because of circumstances beyond your control, such
as job or grad school interviews, or illness, please submit a written
request for an adjustment to the instructor before the due date of
We will attempt to return graded assignments to you and post the
answer keys within 1 1/2 weeks of the due date for each assignment.
Any requests for grading adjustments must be submitted in writing
within 1 week of the date the key is posted.
Although all of the experiments you do will be performed in groups
of two or more, all written assignments are intended to be individual
efforts. This is not to say that you should not
communicate with anyone else about your assignments. We strongly
encourage you to discuss procedures, data, results, interpretations,
analysis, etc. amongst yourselves and with the teaching staff. We do,
however, want the work that you hand in to be your own, based on the
synthesis of your thoughts, questions and discussions concerning the
experiment. Any duplicate work will be returned to both parties for
rewriting, and a point penalty will be charged.