This online *Student
Laboratory Handbook* provides readings that are essential to your growth
as a scientific experimentalist. It is most appropriate for all science
students, majors and
non-majors alike, to become familiar with the knowledge base provided in these
readings. Students will benefit from reading these articles prior
to beginning
lab experiences. A knowledge of this information is crucial for completing
lab reports accurately. Most readings are only 1 to 2 pages in length and have been written at the high school level.
All
files
are "portable
document format" (PDF). All* Student Lab Handbook* articles were written between 2004-2014 by Carl J. Wenning, Ed.D., Physics Teacher Education Program Coordinator 1994-2008.

**Graphing:
**

**Common Graph Forms in Physics****Deriving Relationships from Graphs****Graphs and Units of Slope and Y-intercept****Examples of Common Graph Errors****How Many Data Points are Enough?****Interpreting Slopes, Areas, and Intercepts of Graphs****Finding Displacement of a Uniformly Accelerated Object****Physical Interpretations and Graphical Analysis****Preparing Graphs**

**Math:**

**Absolute and Relative Error****Chi-Square Test for Goodness of Fit****Conversion Factors****Dimensional Analysis****Errors, Accuracy, and Precision****Error Propagation****Percent Difference and Percent Error****Scientific Notation****Significant Figures****Uncertainty in Measurement****The Importance of Units****Working with Units****Meany Means**

**Experimentation:**

**Generic Experimental Design****Glossary of Technical Terms and Concepts****Lab Expectations and Policies****Lab Goals (Position Statement of AAPT)****Scientific Values**

**Equipment:**

Last updated October 4, 2014

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