Physics 446 – Spring 2022

Syllabus – Standard University Policies

Useful Links

Copy edit marks This is a short list of handwritten copy edit marks that I may use when grading your lab reports.

NIST Physical Reference Data

Main Octave webpage:

Octave Tutorial Page (This also has directions for installing Octave on a Mac but is kind of old so it may not work anymore. I don’t have a Mac.)

Octave has similar syntax to Matlab. You can download a nice introduction to Matlab here:

Octave for Windows

Octave for linux should be available in your linux distribution’s repositories.

An online octave system is available here:

Note, verbosus also has an online LaTeX system.

Ten Simple Rules for Better Figures

MIT Junior Lab Writing Guides Check the links under “Written Summaries”. (The rest of the page has useful information also.)

Download the MIT Sample Paper zip file and open the LaTeX document. USE IT AS A TEMPLATE!

 AJP Article 1

AJP Article 2

Writing Science: The Story is the Thing

How to Write Like a Scientist (a humorous take on scientific writing)

Office of Research Integrity – Avoiding Plagiarism, Self-plagiarism, and Other Questionable Writing Practices: A Guide to Ethical Writing

For LaTeX help, see Links to LaTeX Resources in the main menu.

Zotero – A tool for organizing and capturing online bibliographic info


Your textbook has an introduction to Labview in Chapter 6 beginning on p. 121. It will be helpful to work through that before working on the Assignment Tutorial below. Labview is installed on all of the Advanced Lab computers. We have a few DAQ’s to connect to the computers to take actual measurements rather than simulated measurements. See me for more details.

Assignment Tutorial Do all the exercises through the DAQ hardware section. Use one of the function generators in the classroom as a voltage source for the DAQ hardware section. Zip together the VI’s and email them to me. This tutorial is for older versions of LabView so the exact directions will differ a little from what can be done with a newer version, i.e. the exact menu structure may be different. You should be able to find most of the same Labview structures and methods though. For example, in the tutorial when you get to the following it may need to be changed from this:

From the Create New list, select VI»From Template»Tutorial (Getting Started)»
Generate and Display. This template VI generates and displays a signal.

to this:

From the Create New list, select VI»From Template»Simulate»
Generate and Display. This template VI generates and displays a signal.

Let me know if you get stuck.