Philosophy: The laboratory, an integral part of ME 340, places major emphasis on gaining information to
illustrate and reinforce concepts covered in the lecture. The experiments are intended to supply the students with
a realistic and practical experience in dynamic system behavior as well as measurement techniques. A secondary,
but still important, objective is the development of sound attitudes and procedures in conducting and reporting
experimental work. Lastly, the lab is structured to encourage students to think critically about engineering problems
and develop data analysis skills.
Reports: Reports are vital part of good engineering practice. They permit the organization, condensation,
analysis, interpretation, and transmission of meaningful results. For more details and scoring information see the Laboratory Report
Preparation and Procedures: The experiment is conducted by groups of students under the guidance of the
instructor. Student are expected to come prepared for the lab session by reading the laboratory manual
for their experiments before entering the lab. The reports are to be handed in at the beginning of
the next scheduled lab unless otherwise directed by the instructor.
Grading: Lab reports are graded out of 100 points. Failure to use the Laboratory Report
Template will result in the immediate loss of 50 points. Reports are due by midnight two weeks after they were performed, unless otherwise instructed. Late reports will be penalized 10% per day, without exception. There will be no opportunity to make up work which has been missed because of an unexcused absence or tardiness. If conditions develop which cause you to miss laboratory work please contact your lab instructor as soon as possible in advance of the scheduled laboratory.
Laboratory Grades: The laboratory grade will be based on the grades received for of all the laboratory
experiments conducted and quizzes administered. The grade for each experiment will be based on the following:
(a) written reports and (b) instructor's evaluation of each student's work in the laboratory
(participation in discussion, laboratory procedures, inquisitiveness, etc.).
Satisfactory Laboratory Performance: A laboratory grade in excess of 60% ("D") or better will be considered
satisfactory performance, while a lab grade below 60% ("F") will be considered to be unsatisfactory.