Project Resources

Building a Webpage

    A component of the MXP experience is building a public webpage to share your experiment and findings with the world. This can be a new and challenging task so we have provide a few resources to help with the construction. Below you can find explanations of starting and editing a google site, putting LaTeX equations onto your page, and a few potholes commonly encountered.

Project Webpage Requirements

    Your Webpage(s) create(s) a permanent public record of your project on the MXP Google site. It will be accessible to anyone on the internet and it will be used by future MXP students when selecting their project. Keep this in mind when you create your page, i.e., don’t overload it with text; instead include diagrams and photographs of your setup and equipment and figures of your results. In that sense it will be closer to the design goal of your poster than the final report.

    A project  Webpage must include an introduction, a brief theory and apparatus section (with some pictures, if applicable) and your final results and conclusion. Be sure to list relevant references, for example, the paper the experiment was based on.

Finally, do not upload your final report to the webpage!

Getting Started

    On the main MXP page, go click the link corresponding to your MXP II year and semester (i.e. if you are taking MXP II in Spring 2016, click on Spring 2016 Projects link).  Each project has their own page already created.  Click on your project to take you to your page.

    To edit your page, click the pencil icon: (If you don't see the edit icon, you should first go to, access the MXP site from there, and then return to your project page.)

    There you'll be in WYSIWYG mode (What You See Is What You Get).  It kinda works like a text editor, like Word or Google Docs, but not nearly as powerful of an editing tool.  If you know HTML, you can click the <HTML> button and code away.  For the rest, make topic headings from the Format menu, insert links, images, and what not from the Insert menu.  

    If ever you have questions or need help with something, the Help menu is your friend.  Go to Help -> Sites Help, and a dialogue box will allow you to search for what you want to do.  

Alternatively, you can visit these places for a brief tutorial on google sites:

Important Notes: 

If you don't see the edit icon, you should first go to, access the MXP site from there, and then return to your project page.

Google Sites does not have a built-in special character menu. In order to type a special character, you either need to write that character's ASCII code in the HTML code of your page or copy and paste the character from another location. Here is a convenient website for copying characters:

Inserting LaTeX

    Unfortunately Google Sites does not have a "natural" way to enter in equations.  In fact it doesn't even offer a simple way to insert greek letters or other symbols! One CANNOT use google docs/microsoft word to build an equation then copy/paste. It is this fact that basically required you to use LaTeX to display equations. Here are a few ways to insert pretty equations into your page.

Follow the instructions here: 
    • Basically start in <HTML> editing.  At the point you want to insert an equation, type 
      <img src=",s,FFFFFF00&chco=000000&chl=
    • after the chl= you type your LaTeX formatted equation, such as e^z=\sum^{\infty}_{n=0}\frac{z^n}{n!}
    • end with " />
    • In this example we have put this in the <HTML> editor and got out the corresponding LaTeX formatted equation
      •  <img src=",s,FFFFFF00&chco=000000&chl=e^z=\sum^{\infty}_{n=0}\frac{z^n}{n!}" /> 

Find your favorite online LaTeX editor, such as
    • Type your out your equation using LaTeX
    • Save your equation as picture
    • Upload picture to your google site

Create your equation using Microsoft Word or Google Doc equation editor, take screenshot of that equation, upload it to google site

How To: Optics

    Many of the experiments performed require setups on an optical workbench. It is known that many of the students will have no prior experience in setting up optical equipment. Consequently, lecture time is devoted to introducing concepts important when working with optical setups and we provide an explanatory page on the subject (click the link above).

Experiment/Data Resources

    We also acknowledge that this course with be much more work than students have encountered before and they will not have the wealth of experience dealing with electronics, data, and other aspects critical to a successful report. With this in mind we have provided several useful references for students below.

    Below is a book written by Prof. Mans about electronics 

Electronics for Experimenters by Jeremiah Mans: E4E-2010.pdf

Researching Scientific Articles

    Another important aspect of this course is researching for and writing a scientific paper. Below we have provided many links to resources that will help when you research


Least Squares Fit Spreadsheets:  LSQFit.xls     LSQFit2D.xls

OriginLab Origin Instructions and Hints