Name Date LAB NAME I. Background Information and Question Generated by you or Instructor. In a paragraph, what do you already know about your topic and what question(s) have you identified to explore in the lab? II. Hypothesis Predict specifically what you expect to happen in the experiment. State as an if/then statement that is testable and clear. Do not state in first person. III. Materials List of materials used or “as noted in book” if list is long and instructor approves. IV. Procedure “As noted in book” when the procedure was done as printed and instructor approves, otherwise include ALL steps numbered chronologically including what measurements will be taken (what data are you collecting?) V. Data, Results and Discussion This section will include colored and labeled illustrations, data tables, and any calculations. This section should include graphs or other visual representation of your results. Summarize your findings in complete sentences that address the data you collected and what you observed. Were there problems or unexpected results? Was there something that you could do better/differently to improve the experiment or give you clearer understanding? VI. Conclusion State whether your results supported/refuted your hypothesis. In complete sentences, state what you can conclude about your topic. Do not restate your hypothesis as it was written, but give general conclusions about the “bigger picture”. TIPS: Avoid first and second person Use headings for report sections and label ALL graphs, tables, illustrations, etc. Include properly formatted references if required by instructor Realize that what you turn in represents you—work should be legible and beautiful!