There are few lectures and no textbook in this course so the Laboratory Notebook is one of the main interactions between us. A softside 9" x 12" "Computation Notebook" is much better than a 8" x 10" hardback book - please purchase one of those for this class.
The purpose of a Laboratory Notebook is to provide a record of what you did, why you did it and how you did it during each laboratory period. This record should be readable at some later time by you or anyone else. Most importantly, there should be enough information so you easily reconstruct what you did the previous week, in case somebody from the other section has moved around all your cables!
At the beginning of a new experiment you should describe it, tell what you hope to accomplish and how you will be doing it.
Each day's entry should begin with a date, time, a statement of what you plan to do and why. Subsequent entries should include (for example) how you wired a cable; what purpose it served; problems you found and your solutions to them: e.g. "My connector was clearly not designed to be soldered to a wire".
All general specifications should be listed at the start of a data taking run:
Systematic and experimental errors should be listed:
I will grade your lab-books after each experiment and make comments on your progress in "lab-book construction".