
Lab Resources
Printable Graph Paper

Graph paper 

Uncertainties

Lecture on
Uncertainties, Uncertainties
Lecture Supplement, 

+ LaTeX
LaTeX Help Pages

Getting Started, Intro to LaTeX
 Webpages that help you get started installing and using a TeX/ LaTeX distribution. BTW, you can find a decent LaTeX manual here.

 Additional documents
 Latex
commands quick reference, revtex option and command summary
(figures and tables spanning two columns in RevTeX anyone?), LaTeX
book, Dr. Smith's sample paper, etc.

 University of Cambridge latex help
 This page has LaTeX help geared towards poeple in science and engineering.

Complete LaTeX Distributions
 The Tex Collection Windows, Mac, Linux (The distributions linked here come with editors)

This
webpage has links to the primary TeX distributions for each of the
major platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux/Unix). If you are using
windows and want compatibility with older LaTeX documents, you should
probably also install Ghostscript and GSview
separately and before installing your Tex distribution. If you are
using Windows and the TeXworks editor (the usual situation) then you
should enable latex syntax coloring under the "Format" menu and
you should probably display line numbers too so that you can easily
trace the LaTeX compiler errors. In the TeXLive or MikTeX
package/settings manager tool click "Refresh File Name Database" or
"Refresh FNDB" after you make any major changes and after first
installing. Also, choose "letter" size paper rather than the default A4
size.

Additional LaTeX Editors

Kile, Gummi Linux

This
is the Linux equivalent of the above Windows editors. Kile
does
the job and does it pretty well. Gummi is new and provides a
nearWYSIWYG experience though the latex editor's syntax highlighting
is lacking. You should install the version of Kile or Gummi provided by your
linux distribution/software servers. In other words, you are best off using the
package manager to install these rather than doing the installation
manually.
 LaTeX Examples

Simple LaTeX paper template

Use this sample paper as a template for lab
reports or to learn LaTeX. Note:
Compile direct to PDF format. This option is selected in
different ways in different LaTeX distributions/editors. In
TeXShop and ProTeXt choose LaTeX>PDF or PdfLatex from the pulldown
menu that controls the action of the "build" button(s). In LED
choose Blue Arrow, etc.

 Example of a complex LaTeX paper
 If you can compile this, your LaTeX
installation is in pretty good shape. You will want to leave the
physics.sty file in the same directory as the main .tex file or in a directory in the LaTeX compiler's path. BTW,
you may find the physics.sty file very useful for many of your physics papers.
It provides a number of commands to improve the ease of using basic physics notation in LaTeX.

Bibliography Manager
 JabRef
Windows, Linux, OSX
 EndNote™ is the commercial Windows equivalent. This bibliography
manager's native tongue is BibTeX which makes it particularly
appropriate for LaTeX users. I like it very much.


+ Matlab
Matlab Help Pages
 Matlab Tutorial Videos (Integrated Player), Matlab Tutorial Videos (Direct Links)

If you are new to Matlab, you need to watch a few of these! They will
help you get going quickly. If you know other languages, watching a few
of these videos will help you get a feel for when to use Matlab versus
other highlevel languages such as Mathematica or Fortran or C. The
first link takes you to a browserintegrated video player in which you
can select episodes from a premade menu. It's probably the best place
to start. The second link is probably a better interface for browsing
the advanced episodes or looking for a specific topic.

 Matlab Sample Code

These are examples of things you will probably use often during your
carear. It's worth the time browsing through some of these. You may
also find it useful to use some of these as starting points for your
own code.

Matlab Command Reference
 Short, Long
 Print one or both of these out and have it next to your computer.

Books and Manuals

Official Matlab
Reference Manuals,
BoMaB,
BoMaB Companion Software.

The Reference Manuals are necessary if you do serious coding in Matlab.
The B.o.M.a.B. book is one of my favorites. It's "flufffree" and "just
the facts"  a quick way to learn or refresh. You may want to purchase
a copy and download the companion software too. However, if you're
looking for a good but more leisurely introduction to Matlab, have a
look at the
textbook for PS232.

More Help
 Google Matlab, Or Try This...



+ Mathematica
Mathematica Help Pages
 Mathematica Tutorial Videos

If you are new to Mathematica, these videos are for you! Even if you
are not new they are very helpful. They move fast and are not boring!
If you know other languages, watching a few of these videos will help
you get a feel for when to use Mathematica versus structured
programming languages such as Matlab, C, etc.

 Mathematica Sample Code

Here you can find a large number of useful examples. You can probably
find something similar to what you are trying to do at any given time.

More Help
 Google Mathematica




Miscellaneous
Topic

Links

Notes

Periodic Table

Element Collection, Wikipedia's
version, Another clickable
version. 
Some interesting periodic tables.
The element collection is particularly nice.

Atomic Spectra

Visual,
Simple
Tabular, Complete.
Discharge
tube spectra measured here. 
The
first link is a simple program that you can download. It
makes
images of the spectra you can expect to see from the elements in the
periodic table. It also has a list of the strongest
line
frequencies. The second is a tabular list of the strongest
lines
of the elements including intensities.
The third is
NIST's site. The fourth link is a set of sample spectra that
I took of some comon gases in discharge tubes (the vertical grey lines
show the expected positions of lines). 
Circuits

All About Circuits (pdf)

This
is a webbased textbook on electronic circuits. It's
more than 2000 pages long, so don't try to print it out! It's
updated periodically, and can be found at: www.allaboutcircuits.com/
. 

Circuit Symbols (docx)
Circuit Symbols (pdf)

List
of the set of symbols used to inidcate components in a typical
electronic circuit diagram. Reproduced
from thinkquest.org.

Original Versions of Many Scientific Instruments

Online Museum 
A
huge collection of pictures and descriptions of early scientific
apparatus. Modern apparatus is based on these and in many cases is not
much changed. It's very useful to look at these early
instruments, as they show their function so clearly.

Old Books

Laboratory Arts, Experimental Physics

Build your own scientific laboratory and learn how to do experimental
physics without the help of a modern machine shop or a computer.



