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Abstract Title: Intermediate/Advanced Laboratory: Combining Writing, Basic Instrumentation, Fundamental Electronics
Abstract: With a fairly robust general education curriculum, we have had to make our Advanced Laboratory sequence serve many purposes traditionally split into separate courses.  I present an overview of our attempts to satisfy a junior level writing requirement, need to create competence with laboratory instrumentation, reinforce and extend fundamental electronics, as well as try to touch on some traditional advanced laboratory experiments and have room for students to design and implement individual projects of their own choosing.   The first semester of the sequence serves both our majors and minors (primarily secondary education) and typically has enrollments of 12 – 16.  This is the semester we try to teach our skills, but still have time at the end for one student designed/implemented experiments.  The second semester is focused more on applied measurement projects.  The general flow of the class and some of the projects the students have completed are presented for discussion.
Abstract Type: Poster
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Session: Session II - Syllabi Poster Session

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ross Reynolds
Grand Valley State University
140 Padnos Hall
Allendale, MI 49401
Phone: 616-331-3084
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Doug Furton, Harold Schnyders, Richard Vallery    All at GVSU physics Department, 118 Padnos Hall, Allendale, MI. 49401