Electromagnet Strength Unit 4: Forces & Interactions Lab Report Guide What do lab reports and scientific papers do? Persuade others to accept or reject hypotheses by presenting data and interpretations. Detail data, procedures, and outcomes for future researchers. Become part of the accepted body of scientific knowledge when published unless later disproved. Provide an archival record for reference and document a current situation for future comparison. Format: The typical lab report includes: title, abstract, introduction, materials and procedures, results, and discussions. DIRECTIONS: When writing your lab report for the experiment ‘Electromagnet Strength’, use the following section guides to assist your writing. Utilize your lab handout to help determine the important information to include in your lab report. TITLE: Reflect the factual content with less than ten words. Use keywords (electromagnet, strength, magnetism, electricity) 5 ABSTRACT: Summarize in a concise paragraph the … o Purpose of the report o Data presented o Major conclusions 7 7 5 7 INTRODUCTION: Define the purpose of experiment: o “Why was this study performed?” Provide background information about the content: o “Discuss electromagnets, magnetism, flow of electrons” Outline hypotheses and design for experiment. o “What was your original hypothesis?” o State a SIMPLE method of how you tested the question. MATERIALS AND PROCEDURES: List the materials used, how were they used, and where and when did you use them. Describe special pieces of equipment and how they work. o For example … closed circuits, electrical current flow Provide enough detail for the reader to understand the experiment, but do NOT overwhelm the reader. Just enough detail for them to understand what occurred. RESULTS: Summarizes your results in sentence form. Organize data into tables, figures, and graphs DISCUSSION: Interpret the data. Do not restate results, but explain your results. Explain whether your hypothesis was correct or incorrect. o Provide data to support your determination. Include suggestions for improving your experiments and address mistakes made in your experiment.