Kelley D. Sullivan

Kelley D. Sullivan

Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Tutorials for scientific report writing

 

Software Tutorials:
Provide a foundation of skills for using each piece of software to create text, graphs, and diagrams for professionally-styled lab reports. You can download the tutorial materials individually by clicking on the tutorial name below or download the software tutorials as a group, here.


LaTeX: Covers the basics of text, equation, and table formatting. Also covers referencing.

Inkscape: Covers the creation of basic shapes and text elements for drawing equipment and theory diagrams. Also provides instruction on how to include images in a LaTeX document.

Matlab: Covers graphing via a script that calls data from the workspace. Introduces the figure GUI as a means to improve the appearance of a graph (font size, line widths, marker size, etc.) for inclusion in two-column reports.

BibTeX: Covers how to create an auto-formatted bibliography using BibTeX.

 

Writing Tutorials:
Provide a detailed description of the content in each associated section and a grading rubric. Examples of former student work are used to demonstrate writing of varying quality. You can download the tutorial materials individually by clicking on the tutorial name below or download the writing tutorials as a group, here.

 

Conclusions: Includes a description and grading rubric and examples of former student work.

Abstracts: Includes a description and grading rubric and examples of former student work.

Introductions: Includes a description and grading rubric and examples of former student work. Example intros from two AJP articles are also included. These are read at the start of the tutorial and we discuss the common elements. These elements form the foundation of the description and rubric we then discuss.

 

** Faculty visitors: You are welcome to adapt these tutorials for use in your courses, I only ask that you credit me as the original author in any edited versions you might create. There are currently no instructor guidelines included with the tutorials. I introduce each of the software tutorials with a brief tour of each user interface and a demonstration of how to use each program to create text, graphs, or images for inclusion in laboratory reports. The writing tutorials are completed as a class discussion of the section content and the writing samples, which I have students grade per the rubric to better inform our discussion. Feedback is always appreciated!