Physics 128 Report Grading Policy, Winter 2017
The reports should be concise reports of your work on each
experiment. The reports should be only a few pages. Subsequent to the title page, starting with the abstract, the text portion should not exceed 4 pages (using the template and its formatting at the bottom of this web page); we will reduce the grade if the length of the text portion exceeds 4 pages. You can add unlimited figures and tables; all figures and tables must have brief captions.
They will be graded using the following check list.
A template for your report available here.
- 10 points: Title and abstract. You must have a title
and brief (few sentence) abstract that are a quick summary of what
you did and the result you obtained.
- 20 points: Introduction. Explain what you
measured and what it involves. This needn't, and shouldn't, be a
pedagoical discussion, just a short intro.
- 30 points:
Method. Explain how you did the measurement. This should be a
paragraph or two with a diagram or photo. Explain how you took data
and give the processed data, preferably in a table.
- 30 points: Results. Present your analyzed data either as
one or more tables or plots. These should be distilled rather
than raw plots, i.e., show the analyzed results not a dump of all the
raw data. An error analysis must be an integral part
of this discussion.
- 10 points: Outlook. If you didn't get good results,
discuss why. If you did get good results, what could be done to achieve
even better results, with lower errors, or more reliability?
Last revision, 01/30/2017, Harry Nelson