MEEG331 Fluid Mechanics I

Fall 2004


Ajay K. Prasad
228 Spencer Lab
Office Hours: MW 10 - 11 am

Chris DiLeo (Laboratory tutor/Grading lab reports/Office hours)
131 Spencer Lab
Office Hours: TBD



Lab Report

Each lab group will turn in a single report for each experiment. Reports must be typed. Reports should be concise but complete. Use your own words; verbatim copying of the hand-out should be avoided. Do not pad the length of a report unnecessarily.

The report should contain the following sections:

Design Experiment

Each team will design one experiment to demonstrate any principle in fluid mechanics of your choice. You may draw upon the knowledge gained from your ongoing course in fluid mechanics for possibilities. Rather than leaving this for the very end, teams will be asked to submit a title with a one-page abstract during October, followed by a full and complete laboratory hand-out during the last week of class. The finished product should resemble the hand-outs that you receive before every lab. It should contain the title, objective, theoretical background, figures, equipment, procedure, points for discussion, and error analysis. Each team will be graded for an original idea that stimulates learning of key concepts of fluid mechanics, attention to experimental detail, and completeness and readability of the laboratory hand-out. It is possible that a particularly interesting and clever design will be built as an actual experiment in future years, and your lab hand-out should be immediately usable by students who are to perform the experiment that you designed.

Pre-Lab Strategy

Before arriving at the lab session, students must read the lab hand-out and completely understand the phenomena they will investigate and the procedure to do so. Such preparation will make for a smoother and more fruitful lab experience.

Student teams should get together well before a lab session and plan their data acqusition procedure. A key outcome of the pre-lab preparation is an experimental data-sheet listing all the quantities that will be measured (and how many times) for each specific experimental objective. The row and column headings will prove that adequate thought has gone into planning the experimental procedure. Please obtain the TA's signature on this data-sheet as soon as you arrive at the lab. The TA will conduct a short quiz at the start of each lab to verify that all lab members have read and understood the lab hand-out.

Grading of Reports

Fulfiling basic requirements listed above (neatness and professionalism is key) will fetch the group an automatic 6 points on a scale of 10. The remaining points will be awarded on the basis of merit including the organization of thoughts, illuminating discussion, and excellence of error analysis.

Lab reports are due no later than two weeks after performing the experiment. An exception will be the last experiment which will be due one week later. Late reports will be penalized, 0.5 points for every late day. Lab attendance is absolutely necessary. 5 points are automatically deducted from your individual grade you miss a lab session.

A Peer Evaluation Form will be used to allow students to rank their own contribution, and that of their fellow team members, to the overall lab effort and the resulting lab report. Each individual's ranking is averaged, assigned a numerical value, and used as a multiplier on the team grade, to extract an individual grade. This mechanism will be used to differentiate and appropriately reward individual efforts. (You may be interested to know that companies often use such peer evaluations to calculate annual raises.)

Grading concerns should be addressed to the TA, Chris DiLeo.

Lab Groups & Schedule