101 Lab Policies


  As can be seen in your Lab Schedule, there are eleven labs
scheduled for the semester; five of the labs have a synchronous
Zoom meeting, and six of the labs are by pre-recorded video.
You must turn in ten labs.  If you turn in all eleven labs,
then the lowest of your eleven lab scores will be dropped.
For the synchronous labs, make-up sessions are not possible.  <== What to do if
You must  attend only the lab session for which you are           you must miss a
registered.  EXCEPTION: ONCE (and only once) during the           synchronous lab
semester, you may arrange with your lab instructor to attend
their lab at a different time during the week.  To see what
lab times your instructor is teaching, look at the
list of 101 lab sections.

  Lab reports must be submitted in pdf form at Canvas.  Each
lab report must be submitted before the beginning of your next
scheduled lab time (whether there is a synchronous lab meeting
that week or not); this is usually one week after the start
of the lab meeting for which you wish to make a submission,
but the official due dates are always the ones you will find
at Canvas.  For the synchronous labs, attendance is required;
if you have no record of attending the Zoom meeting, then your
submission for that lab will not be graded.  Your pdf submission
must include all data pages, all pages with answered questions,
and all pages with graphs.

  Lab descriptions are freely available at our Lab Schedule 
webpage.  The tables for recording your data are included with 
each lab description, and it is your responsibility to download 
the lab description, read it beforehand, and have it available
during each synchronous lab meeting.  Your pdf submissions MUST
be photographs of your data, your answers to questions, and your
graphs written on the actual downloaded and printed pages of the
lab descriptions.  EXCEPTION: If you have a tablet, then you can
arrange to write directly on the downloaded pdf form and submit
that.  If you submit answers written on plain paper (instead of
on the printed lab descriptions, then you will receive a ten
point penalty for EACH such submission.

                        LATE POLICY

  Labs submitted after the deadline (and thus marked as late by
Canvas) will not be graded.  Be sure to submit your work well
before the deadline.


   The average of your ten best lab scores will be your lab
average.  Your lab average will count as 25% of your overall
class grade.


  You will work in groups in lab, but please understand that 
working together on a lab project does not mean you have 
permission to copy the work of your lab partner.  Your written 
report must be entirely your own.  You may not copy graphs, 
interpretations of graphs, answers to questions, or any other 
part of a report.  Any copying of these types will be 
considered as a form of academic dishonesty.  Allowing copying 
is just as dishonest as doing the actual copying.  Therefore, 
all individuals involved in such dishonesty will be considered 
equally guilty, so all will receive a zero for that lab grade.

                   LAB GRADING APPEALS

  Lab reports will be graded by your lab TA.  If you wish to
appeal the grading of one of your lab reports, you must
follow these procedures:

(1) First discuss the grading of the report with your TA
    during one of their office hours within no more than
    one week after you have received your graded report
    at Canvas.  If the problem cannot be resolved 
    by this discussion, then follow the steps below:

(2) If you think you deserve more points on a graded report,
    submit an appeal to Dr. Adams IN WRITING, and in pdf form.
    Explain carefully exactly why you deserve more points, and
    ask for as many points as you think your answer deserves. 

(3) I will discuss the report with your TA, and with the other
    lab TA's.  What I demand of the TA's is relative uniformity
    in report grading (everyone should get the same treatment,
    as far as is possible).  We make take no action, in which 
    case I will write a reply to your appeal.  Or we may recall 
    those reports as graded by your TA for regrading.