{IBI: In part I, section b, question I, sketch the wave-function and understand the meaning of it. A crude meaning can be understood by the probability. If you square the wave-functions amplitude, you get the probability to find a particle at some point if you do a measurement. But remember that the phase of the wave-function is also important and carries measurable information. See Aharanov-Bohm effect for an example.}
{LR: Each vial gives a range of wavelengths, i.e. their spectra shows a band rather than a line. Therefore, we have a range for theta and finally a range for L or the size of the quantum dots.}
{CAL: When explaining the procedure of the experiment, you need to explain the calibration procedure also. Remember you want your lab report to make repeating the experiment as easy as possible.}
{MAX: When there are both instrumental and random uncertainty for a measurement you must use the maximum of two as the uncertainty. If you think about it in few examples it will be clear why.}
{U: Units are missing or use units more often. I know sometimes it is too redundant to put units everywhere, but you need to use units more often. At least use them on the finishing point.}
{H: How did you get these values? The source of any numerical value you are reporting must be clear. Usually in our lab it is either based on a measurement or a calculation. Be more clear about where a value comes from.}
{AM: Any value that you measure must be reported in your lab report.}
{T: Use tables to report the measurements.}
{N: A page, figure, table, or ... missing numbers.}
{C: A figure, table, or ... is missing caption.}
{NU: No uncertainty given for a reported value.}
{LSF: The least significant figures for a value and its uncertainty must match. For example, these are wrong: 31 ± 0.2 or 31.46 ± 2.2 or 0.125 ± 0.0021. But these are correct: 31.3 ± 0.2 or 31.46 ± 0.23 or 0.125 ± 002.}
{TM: Too many significant figures used. For example, be careful with zeros. 30000 has 5 significant figures. Use scientific notation, like 3x10^4, which has one significant figure. Or another example, for the uncertainty, use one or at most two. If you use one, you can easily estimate the uncertainty calculations in your head. For example do not report x = 31.57643 ± 0.45891 and instead just do x = 31.57 ± 0.46 or x = 31.6 ± 0.5.}
{V: Vague and non-scientific use of language. Use more specific statements. For example, "human error" does not mean much. The question is to find where the error or source of uncertainty can be. Saying "human error" is almost as bad as saying "somewhere". As a rule of thumb, if you cannot imagine how one can test something that you are saying, try to think more.}
{NM: When the values which must match, doesn't, explore to see where you went wrong. Repeat the experiment. Ask your partner to repeat the experiment or calculations. This is the essential part of science. Usually you do mistakes first time experimenting or measuring. How you think and find the mistakes (like how to debug the code) is usually the most crucial part. So take advantage of your mistakes. A general heads up. In Physics 230 lab the experiments usually follow the theory with 10% error or less. If you get differences more than 10% usually means you are not using your setup properly or your prediction has problems. Some experiments like lab 3, if done correctly, has errors less than one percent!}