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An Introduction to Measurement and Uncertainty



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Welcome to Physical Sciences 2 lab We re very excited about the labs for this course and we hope you will be too Everything about the labs has been newly designed for a great educational experience with a minimum of annoying busywork We ve had a lot of fun working on the labs and hopefully you will have a lot of fun doing them By this time you should all have sectioned for a lab time assignment If you haven t or if you don t remember your lab section time please contact Kirill immediately saraikin fas harvard edu Lab 1 will run next week from Tuesday October 3 to Thursday October 5 Before you show up to your first lab next week we would like you to do three things 1 Download the Logger Pro Software Logger Pro is the data collection and analysis software we will be using for all of the labs in this course It s very easy to use and powerful and is available both for Windows or Macintosh platforms The site license agreement allows any Harvard student to freely download and use the software If you don t have a PC or a Mac or don t want to put Logger Pro on your own computer you can use one of the computers in the Science Center computer labs The program can be downloaded from the HASCS Software Download Page http www fas harvard edu computing download Either version 3 4 5 or 3 4 6 is okay 3 4 6 is the latest as of this writing 3 4 5 is the version available from HASCS but we re told they are working on getting 3 4 6 up there 2 Learn to use Logger Pro We recommend you go through some of the tutorials that come with the software To do so go to File Open and then under the folder labeled Experiments find the subfolder called Tutorials Tutorial 1 is a quick overview 5 has information on entering data 7 is a very brief summary on working with graphs and 9 teaches you how to analyze data using curve fitting Some of the other tutorials are also useful but they require one or more sensors connected so that you can learn how to take data 3 Read the attached handout An



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