FORMAT FOR WRITING LABORATORY REPORTS

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FORMAT FOR WRITING LABORATORY REPORTS:
1. Title Sheet (3 points): Title of the experiments, student’s name and instructor’s name.
2. Abstract (15 points): An abstract or summary is a short, condensed explanation of:
(a) What the experiment is about and its purpose,
(b) How the work was done, what approach was used and how the information was
gathered, and
(c) Major result(s) discovered. You may include some recommendations here if
applicable.
Write in 3rd person past tense. Avoid using “I” and “We”. Abstract is about one or two
paragraphs and should not be more than 250 words.
3. Background/theory (10 points): All relevant information, equations, tables, graphs, etc
related and required for understanding the experiment.
4. Experimental procedure (5 points): Please take notes during the experimentation. Write steps
and procedure that you went through to complete the experiment. If the experiment has
several parts, then you indicate that at the beginning and then explain each part.
5. Raw data in tabular form (10 points): If you have large data files, you can place your raw
data in the appendix
6. Calculations and results; sample calculations, tables, graphs, etc, uncertainty analysis (25
points): If you use spreadsheet, you can cut and paste that here, however, on the spreadsheet,
each calculation should be clearly marked. Pay attention to the number of decimals. If the
accuracy of the data is up to 2 decimal places, your results cannot have higher accuracy than
2 decimals. Do not discuss your results here. Observations and discussions belong to the
next section. All graphs and tables should have captions. Example: Figure 1. Normalized
histogram.
7. Discussion of results, unusual results, point(s) of agreement(s) and disagreement(s), sources
of errors, etc. (15 points): Start by referring to figures and tables and then discuss them. For
example: Figure 1 shows distribution of normalized histogram for data of part one of the
experiment. As the figure shows……
8. Avoid general statement such as “results are good and as expected”. In general, if your
discussions are limited to the general statements without being specific, you will not get any
credit for this section.
9. Conclusions and recommendations (15 points): Here you need to start by stating briefly what
you did and how you did them, before stating your conclusions.
10. Write in 3rd person past tense. Avoid using “I” and “We”.
11. Bibliography (2 points)
12. Appendix
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