Rules of the Lab
  1. When you don't know what you are doing, do it neatly.

  2. Experiments must be reproducible, they should fail the same way each time.

  3. First draw your curves, then plot your data.

  4. Experience is directly proportional to equipment ruined.

  5. A record of data is essential, it shows you were working.

  6. To study a subject best, understand it thoroughly before you start.

  7. To do a lab really well, have your report done well in advance.

  8. If you can't get the answer in the usual manner, start at the answer and derive the equation. If that doesn't work, start at both ends and try to find a common middle.

  9. In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.

  10. Do not believe in miracles; rely on them.

  11. Team-work is essential. It allows you to blame someone else.

  12. All unmarked beakers contain fast-acting, extremely toxic poisons.

  13. The Law of Spontaneous Fission: Any delicate and expensive piece of glassware will break before any use can be made of it.

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