Course work will be divided into five multi-week projects that will be completed sequentially over the semester. Each project is built around achieving a specified objective through laboratory work and culminates in the submission of a written Project Report. As you work through each project, a variety of assignments will help you learn about new laboratory techniques or methods of data analysis. Upon completing these assignments, you should be prepared to apply the newly acquired skills to the project objective (and to use them in future projects). You will record your data and an initial analysis in your electronic lab notebook. Your instructor will provide feedback on your notebook entries, and you should carefully review their comments to help you prepare a final report for each project and in order to improve your mastery of the subject matter.
You will complete laboratory work in a 2-person team for all projects. In Project 3, two teams will work together and share their data. While written Project Reports will be submitted for Projects 1-4, your findings for Project 5 will be shared with the class in the form of an oral presentation.