Lab reports are to be typed. All written sections (Introduction,
Materials/Procedure, and Conclusion) are to be in complete sentences in the passive voice, not in 1 st , 2 nd , or 3 rd person (“I”, “we”, etc). An outline of the essential points to be included in the lab report will usually be generated in class at the conclusion of the experiment. The sections of the report must include the following:
This will include the objective or brief summary of the experiment and definitions/discussions of key terms/concepts in the experiment.
Include all relevant steps and materials.
Each report will include a large (1/2 page minimum), labeled diagram of the laboratory set-up. This must be done on the computer and should be modeled after the diagram drawn on the white board at the beginning of the experiment.
The original table(s) of data and as well as the original , handwritten calculations with units must be included . It is not necessary to type or re-write the data and calculations.
All graphing labs shall include a handwritten graph, including labels, units, an appropriate scale (data must occupy 51% or more of each graph axis). An Excel graph, with a trendline, equation, and r 2 value must be included for each handwritten graph, as well.
The conclusion should include an accounting of all numerical results, including units, as well as a discussion of derived equations and mathematical relationships.
Be sure to cite any sources used in the report.