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  • Attendance and Responsibility

    Class attendance is mandatory. If you must miss a class for a legitimate reason please inform us early as possible so that we can plan appropriately and provide you with makeup materials. Due to the fact that the number of students in each class takes up the available chairs and equipment, you must attend the section in which you are enrolled. If you are sick one week please contact us about which section you should attend for makeup. If you miss class for illness or other legitimate reasons we are happy to work with you to get back on track.


    There are several Olin students who are working as Ninjas for the course. They are called Ninjas for their general awesomeness, not their ability to fight or their skill with a sword. Ninjas will provide extra tutoring and after hours support. They will also grade the labs.

    Laptop Use

    Student laptops may not be open during lecture unless specifically requested by the instructors. Bring your laptop to every lab class.


    All equipment for the course is college property and should remain in AC428. Removing equipment from this room without permission is stealing. period. Anyone removing equipment from the room will be reported to the honor board for theft.

    Grading Policy

    You final grade will be based on a simple average of the weekly labs. Each lab will be graded on a 0-10 scalle (see below). A cummulative score of 6.5 or higher is needed to pass the course.

    Weekly lab reports

    The best tip we have for doing well in the course is keeping up with the weekly assignments. Labs are graded on a ten point scale. While your final grade will be pass/fail, you can estimate your ``actual'' grade for calibration with later semesters with your average. The 10 point scale maps to the A,A-,B+,B.. scale as 9-10 A range, 8-9 B range, 7-8 C range. There are no extensions for late work unless approved by the instructors. We are reasonable people and will gladly grant extensions when you are sick or under other reasonable circumstances. Ninjas cannot grant extensions. Do not ask them. Ninjas will grade and return your labs in a timely manner - generally the same class period when you submit it. In addition to the final grade, they will provide comments such that your future labs will get better and better as the year goes on. If your ninja is not returning labs to you in a timely manner please contact the instructors.
    • Labs are due at the beginning of lab on the day that it is due.
    • You reports may be written in Word, Latex, or carved in stone (and then photographed with your iPhone). As long as labs are neat and legible, it is your choice to pick the software tool you want to write with.
    • Work will be submitted through an online tool-details will be given in class.
    • If you find you are spending too much time on your lab reports, see one of the instructors.

    Lab report content

    Since the lab reports are weekly, they are not meant to be long. We will usually describe what you should include for a complete lab report. Note that
    • Lab reports only contain results. You DO NOT need to write introductions or explain your methods (unless asked explicitly). Just the results, usually in graphical form with a short explanation.
    • Graphs should be easy to read, have readable fonts, distinguishing features between lines, and labels and units on the axis. We will discuss making readable plots in class.
    • Lab reports should be short. Concise results, not everything you did.
    • Any analysis can be written by hand and scanned in. You may type equations, but it is not needed. Any handwritten analysis should be neat.

    Collaboration Policy

    You are encouraged to work with others, but please turn in your own work. In general you will be required to take all your own data and do your own experiments. On some occasions you may need to work with a lab partner, but those assignments will be explicitly stated. Please write the names of people you collaborate with on each of the assignments that you turn in.

    Sept 2016.