Introduction to the Lab Report - Resource Sites

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Chapter Five:
THE LAB REPORT
Informal Lab Reports
 Academics: demonstrate accuracy and
completeness of laboratory projects or studies
(physical and social sciences, especially)
 Business / Government: gather information for
decision making; sometimes recommendations
are asked for
 Have four basic parts; format depends on topic:
introduction, materials and methods, results and
discussion, conclusion and recommendation
Introduction
 States topic of study
 States importance of topic
 Gives specific question that the experiment or
study will answer
Materials and Methods
 List the materials used in the study /
experiment
 Explain the methods used in the study /
experiment
Results and Discussion
 Present data, or results, of your experiment
 Give interpretation of the results
 Admit possible problems with materials,
methods or results, if necessary
Conclusion and Recommendation
 State what is known as a result of the study /
experiment
 Make a recommendation for action or further
research based on the results
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