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This term, there will be three lab reports turned in for a grade corresponding to each of the two-week lab projects. All lab reports will be due at the lab period two weeks after that lab project begins. You should have your Maple worksheet printed before coming to class. Papers are due at the beginning of lab, late papers will not be accepted.

Format of the lab reports
Each of the lab reports is to be completed by groups of one to three students (groups of two being optimum). You may change lab partners as you wish throughout the term.

Each lab report should consist of the following two parts:

  1. Lab Description
    Your summary should be one paragraph that describes the major goals of the lab and the mathematical concepts addressed. Note that this should be in your own words and not simply a rewrite of the lab background. This section should be short and concise. Three to five sentences should be enough.

  2. Maple Printout with Answers
    All Maple commands used for the lab should be included. Problem numbers should be included in this section to indicate which commands were used for which problems. Please use horizontal lines to seperate major sections (note that two lines make a page break). Equations or plots that are needed for the solutions must be clearly labeled. You are also responsible for ensuring that the Maple commands are consistent with your answers. One way to do this is to use the 'Execute Worksheet' command from the Edit menu. At the end of your Maple work for each problem, include a short paragraph that explains the role of the Maple work, identifies the solution to the problem, and draws any conclusions that need to be made.

    You are strongly encouraged to save paper by printing out your worksheet with two pages per physical page. You can do this by using the -N2 flag in your lpr -Pmath command. A sample worksheet from a Calculus I lab demonstrating the desired format is available here.

Grading of the lab reports
The reports for each section of the class will be graded by the appropriate Peer Learning Assistant (PLA). Each lab report will be graded on a percentage correct scale (100 possible points). The major portion of your grade will be determined by the correctness of your mathematical work. However, your report grade could suffer if you have misspelled words, incomplete sentences, or other grammatical errors.

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Created by Henry Fink
Last updated: Monday, September 29, 1997