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All lab work should be completed in your course notebook and be recorded on the right side of the open notebook. If you come to the end of the page, you must of course turn the page over and continue writing on the back of the page on the right side of the page of the open notebook. Any accompanying sheets must be taped, glued, stapled or somehow attached to the lab notebook; scotch tape is always available in the room.

Scoring Rubrics for each lab are available online. These will also be distributed in class a couple days prior to notebook collection. View:

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A Wiggle in Time Lab

Question: 
How would you describe (verbally, graphically and mathematically) the motion of a mass on the end of a spring?  

Purpose: 
To describe (verbally, graphically and mathematically) the motion of a mass on the end of a spring?  

A complete lab write-up includes a Title, a Purpose, a Data section, and a Conclusion/Discussion . The Data section should include a plot of position versus time and a plot of velocity vs. time (use provided graphs).  The Conclusion/Discussion should include a verbal description of the mass's motion, a description of the manner in which the position and the speed of the mass change with respect to time; this description should rely the language of mathematics.







WM2. Speed of a Wave Lab

Question: 
What types of variables effect the speed of a wave on a string?  

Purpose:
To identify the variables which do and do not alter the speed of a wave on a string.  


A complete lab write-up includes a Title, a Purpose, a Data section, a Conclusion and a Discussion of Results. The Data section should include the provided Data table. The Data table should be completed and work should be shown for the indicated rows.  The conclusion should state the variables which affect and do not affect the speed of a wave on a string. The Discussion of Results should provide a well-written paragraph in which specific trials are referenced in an effort to explain how the evidence logically leads to the conclusion which was drawn.







Lab WM3: Vibrating Spring Lab

Question: 
What is the mathematical relationship between the spacing distance between adjacent nodes in a longitudinal standing wave pattern and the frequency of the vibrations which are causing the patterns?  

Purpose:
To determine the mathematical relationship between the spacing distance between adjacent nodes in a longitudinal standing wave pattern and the frequency of the vibrations which are causing the patterns.  

A complete lab write-up includes a Title, a Purpose, a Data section, a Conclusion, and a Discussion of Results.  The Data should organize the collected data into a table with a row-column format.  Once collected, the Data should be analyzed in an effort to find a mathematical pattern and ultimately an equation relating the two measured quantities. This analysis should be documented in the lab notebook.  Cross-outs, wrong turns, scribble-overs and other signs of investigative efforts should be evident in your lab notebook.  And of course, a data plot and linear or power regression analyis is also permitted.  The Conclusion should include a verbal statement and an equation which seems to fit the data.  The Discussion of Results should explain the significance of the equation;  the meaning of nodal spacing distance should be described and related to wavelength of the standing wave pattern.  The equation should be related to other equations learned in the Waves section of the course;  the meaning of any constants in the equation should be explained. 







WM4. Wave Behavior Demonstration Lab

Question: 
What are some classical wave behaviors and how can they be described both verbally and graphically?

Purpose: 
To observe and describe (in some detail) the variety of wave behaviors - including interference, fixed- and free-end reflection, and the behavior of a pulse at the boundary with a second medium.

A complete lab write-up includes a Title, a Purpose, a Data section, and a Conclusion/Discussion. The Data section should be divided into several sections – a section for each of the behaviors which are demonstrated.  Observations and diagrams should be included in each section. The Conclusion/Discussion should provide a clear and thorough description of each type of behavior. When the behavior occurs, what the behavior involves and how the behavior occurs should be addressed.







Lab WM5: Color Addition Lab

Question:
What is the result of adding combinations of the three primary colors of light in equal and unequal intensities?

Purpose:
To determine the result of adding primary colors of light in equal and unequal intensities and to develop four general rules of color addition for adding light colors in equal intensity.


A complete lab write-up includes a Title, a Purpose, a Data section, and a Conclusion/Discussion of Results. The Data section should include the provided table with all rows completed. The Conclusion/Discussion should respond to the question raised in the Purpose of the lab.








Lab WM6:  Taking Away from RGB Lab

Question:
What is the result of mixing primary pigment colors and what strategy could be used for predicting such results?

Purpose:
To observe the result of mixing primary pigment colors and to summarize the results using seven color subtraction principles.


A complete lab write-up includes a Title, a Purpose, a Data section, a Conclusion/Discussion. The Data section should include labeled color diagrams with actual colored markers being used to add the primary pigments. The Conclusion/Discussion should describe the seven possibilities and explain what each pigment or combination of pigments subtracts from RGB light.







Lab WM7:  Filtering Away Lab

Question:
What is the result of looking at various light colors through colored filters and what strategy could be used for predicting such results?

Purpose:
To observe the effect which various filters and combinations of filters have upon the incident light and to describe a useful strategy for predicting the results.

A complete lab write-up includes a Title, a Purpose, a Data section, a Conclusion/Discussion of Results. The Data section should include the provided table of observations. The Conclusion/Discussion should include a thorough discussion of a strategy used to predict what the result will be when a specific filter is used to filter a specific color of incident light.







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