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Communicating scientific ideas: tutorials for professionally-styled laboratory reports
written by Kelley Sullivan
Written communication of scientific ideas is an important skill often honed through report-writing in physics laboratory courses. I present a series of tutorials that I developed to support students in learning to produce well-written and professionally-formatted laboratory reports. The tutorials include typesetting in LATEX (with BibTeX), graphing in MATLAB, preparing diagrams using Inkscape, and writing abstracts, introductions, and conclusions. I evaluated student reports and found no statistical difference in the quality of reports written before or after the tutorials were introduced. Responses on end-of-course questionnaires, however, show that students overwhelmingly favor the tutorials and find them helpful in supporting their learning.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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- Communication
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- Student Characteristics
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- Upper Undergraduate
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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K. Sullivan, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14858&DocID=5005).
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K. Sullivan, Communicating scientific ideas: tutorials for professionally-styled laboratory reports, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14858&DocID=5005>.
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Sullivan, K. (2018, August 1-2). Communicating scientific ideas: tutorials for professionally-styled laboratory reports. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved November 22, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14858&DocID=5005
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Sullivan, Kelley D.. "Communicating scientific ideas: tutorials for professionally-styled laboratory reports." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14858&DocID=5005 (accessed 22 November 2019).
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Sullivan, Kelley D.. "Communicating scientific ideas: tutorials for professionally-styled laboratory reports." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 22 Nov. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14858&DocID=5005>.
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