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Abstract Title: Acting like an experimentalist: Transforming post-lab reports into in-lab notebooks
Abstract: We revised the sophomore-level modern physics laboratory course to eliminate traditional laboratory reports in favor of work done in students' laboratory notebooks.  The primary motive for this shift was the department-wide recognition that maintaining a 'good' laboratory notebook is a vital skill for students' success in their required research experiences and in their advanced laboratories.  In light of these goals, we recognized the need to require students to perform explicit modeling steps -- mathematical and computational -- while conducting the experiment, as opposed to a reflection after the lab is complete.  To accomplish this, we recast our existing labs into guided inquiry labs that explicitly instructed students on how to maintain a detailed laboratory notebook and to use these notebooks to perform, in situ, the mathematical and computational modeling steps that are consonant with effective experimental practice.  In this poster, we present a summary of our approach to transforming our existing labs and a frank discussion of our successes and future goals.
Abstract Type: Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Greg Severn
University of San Diego, Dept. of Physics & Biophysics
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 6192606845
and Co-Presenter(s)
Chad Kishimoto
University of San Diego
Department of Physics & Biophysics
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego CA 92110
ckishimoto -at- sandiego.edu

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