First step - Read the instructions!

For you to get the most from your lab sessions you need to come to class prepared. The first thing you should do a few days before you go to lab is read through the instructions for the lab and watch the videos. You should then be ready to do the lab preparation exercise.

Lab Preparation Exercise

Each week before your lab you must complete a lab preparation exercise that you will find on Blackboard under Assignments. Note that the assignment will only be available to you until the beginning of your lab section, even though its says that the deadline is unlimited on Blackboard. If you don't do it before your lab you will not get the 35% of the credit for the lab that these exercises are worth! Since these assignments use Maple TA, you'll need to use a special but simple syntax to enter formulas. This syntax is probably similar to those you've seen or used before. Here are some examples:

To multiply different quantities: is 2*x*y in Maple TA syntax

To put a to the power of b: is a^b in Maple TA syntax

Square Root: is sqrt(x) in Maple TA syntax

Exponential: is exp(x)in Maple TA syntax

Absolute Value: is abs(x) in Maple TA syntax

Scientific Notation: is 1.2E6 in Maple TA syntax

Lower indices: is x_0 in Maple TA syntax

Greek symbols:

is alpha in Maple TA syntax

is delta in Maple TA syntax

is Delta in Maple TA syntax

is eta in Maple TA syntax

is theta in Maple TA syntax

is kappa in Maple TA syntax

is lambda in Maple TA syntax

is mu in Maple TA syntax

is pi in Maple TA syntax

is rho in Maple TA syntax

is sigma in Maple TA syntax

is tau in Maple TA syntax

is phi in Maple TA syntax

is omega in Maple TA syntax

is Omega in Maple TA syntax

In the lab

Each lab section has two TAs assigned to it, a primary and a secondary. Since your primary TA will start each lab period with an introduction lasting around ten minutes, you should come on time. You and your partner will then begin making measurements and doing the exercises given in the lab manual. (If a lab section has an odd number of students, it may happen that a student will work alone if s/he so desires. We assume for now all students will be working in pairs.) Halfway through the lab your secondary TA will arrive. Both TAs will discuss with you what you have been doing in the lab both to determine how well each of you has understood what the lab was about and to help explain difficult points. When your TAs are happy with what each of you has done then, and only then, you can leave. If the TAs are satisfied that you did a good job in the lab you will get the full 65% of the credit for the lab that we award for your in class performance. We expect most students who work hard and do the lab properly will be awarded a Satisfactory grade. If, however, the TAs feel that you did a poor job you will be given a grade of Unsatisfactory. This means you will get only half credit for the lab. For an especially poor performance, you can also be given a grade of non-serious attempt. In terms of your score this is equivalent to not showing up to the lab, you get no credit for doing it. It is possible that the two students in a pair do not receive the same grade.

Note that you can not redo a lab to improve your score and that your grade for a given lab is awarded to you by the TAs before you leave the lab room. In this course you do not prepare a written lab report to be submitted after the lab session.

Things to bring to lab

  • Your own headphones/buds if you want to listen to the videos while doing the lab. As just about everyone has an ipod/phone/other mp3 player we figure it's better you use your own than we try to provide you with these. Each computer has two headphone jacks.
  • Don't forget your calculator!

After the lab

You should try not to forget what you have learned in each lab! There will be some clicker questions and some problems on the exams that are directly related to the labs. Moreover, we hope what you learn in lab will be useful for you for years to come.

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