Lab Submission Instructions

Science 122

Laboratory

Instructions for Submitting Lab Exercises


If you have any questions about how to submit the lab assignment, or what you need to send ask me in an email. Do not wait until the day the lab is due to ask!

For each lab you MUST submit:

* the data and calculations as stated in the exercise
* graphs/illustrations (if any)
* answers to questions asked in the lab exercise
* a brief summary about the lab and your results

The lab quiz access information will not be sent if the exercise as submitted is incomplete. You will be asked to resubmit a complete exercise if any of the required parts are missing.

In all cases the tables, graphs, illustrations, and calculations should be neat and readable.

There are several options for submitting the lab assignments.

Whicever way you choose, do not send the entire exercise as downloaded from the web site.

1. Attach a Microsoft Word (not Works) document to an email that contains the pictures, the data tables and the text of the report.

2. If you use a word processing software other than MSWord, save the file as rtf or html and attach the document to an email..( An html document must contain the illustrations in the same folder as the document.)

3. Alternatively (and least preferably) you can print the graphs and data tables, do them on paper and fax them back along with the data tables. The questions and summary may be included with the fax or sent separately as email.

I'll let you know if I can't read them for any reason, so you should always save a copy in case you need to resubmit it.


HOW TO DO GRAPHS AND DATA TABLES

Computer

Microsoft Word can download and open an html document (web page).

The program also contains an equation editor that you can use to show calculations. Alternatively you can use computer notation such as * for multiplication, / for division, + and - for addition and subtraction, sqrt for 'square root', ^ for 'raise to a power' (example: x^2 means "x squared). It is important to keep parentheses in the correct places.

If you have a scanner you can do the calculations, graphs, and tables by hand, scan them and insert them into a Word document.

1. From your web browser (Explorer, e.g.) copy the URL of the exercise from the address window.

2. In MSWord choose "Open Web Page" from the 'File' menu.

3. Choose "Save As" from the 'File' menu and save the document in your 'Documents' folder on your disk. It is a good idea to create a new folder there and call it "Labs".

4. Save the lab with the title: yourname.Lx.doc (Use your last name for 'yourname' and use the lab number for the "x" in 'Lx".)

Example: Brill.L3.doc

Once you have the exercise in Word format you can edit, delete, fill in tables, and draw gaphs. Save it frequently as you work to avoid losing your work.

When you submit the required material for the exercise, attach the document to an email.

You may want to use a plotting program such as Excel to draw the graph. This is acceptable, but can be time consuming if you are learning as you go.. If you do use Excel you can submit the entire exercise as an Excel (.xls) document, or copy and paste the tables and graphs into a Word document.

If you can not or do not want to use MSWord to plot graphs and data tables, do the following:

1. Download the graphic.

Place the cursor on the picture and click the right mouse button. A menu will appear from which you can download the file to your disk.

You can also click and drag the graphic to a folder or to the dekstop.

2. Open the graphic. Save it to your disk with a file name that identifies it. For example: yourname.L2-1.jpg for lab 2 figure 1.

If you don't have a draw program or don't know whether you have one you probably don't want to select this option.

If you want to learn how to use drawing programs, this is a good time to do it. Most programs are intuitive to the extent that drawing points and lines is straightforward.

3. Word processor drawing tools are sufficient for all but the most sophisticated illustrations. MSWord has a drawing window that will be good enough to plot points and draw lines. If you use a different drawing program, use the drawing tools to plot the points and draw the lines.

Send graphs and illustrations as attachments, embed them in a MSWord document as part of the report, in an html document, or fax it (239-5152 Oahu).

Send graphs and other illustrations as attachments in .gif, .jpg, or .bmp format. Most drawing programs will allow you to save files in one of these formats.

Paper

Print the data tables and blank graphs, if any. Complete the data tables, calculations, graphs, illustrations (blue pens do not fax well). These can be handwritten if you can do it neatly.

Answer the questions and write the analysis and summary, which should be typed, not handwritten.

Paste or tape the tables and graphics neatly on paper.

Fax the questions (with answers), tables and illustrations together as one document. Don't forget to put your name on the fax. If you don't have a fax machine most copy centers will fax for a nominal charge.

Fax to 239-5152 (Oahu)

Spreadsheets

Spreadsheet programs such as MSExcel can be used to display tables of data and do calculations. To do the calculations you must define the formulas and enter the variables. If you don't know how to do this I can give you the basics, but, like any computer program, to learn it youwill have to 'play around' with simple formulas until you get the idea of how to do it.

Excel can also draw graphs for you. There is a trick to adjusting the parameters of the graph to get the best display. If you are interested in doing this see the Excel instructions for Lab 2 or send me an email and I'll try to get you started.

For more information on using Excel see the links here.