CHEMISTRY LAB REPORTS
How to Write a Lab Report
Lab Reports gives the explanation of the experiment done
Lab reports are an essential part of all laboratory courses and usually a significant part of your grade. If your instructor gives you an outline for how to write a lab report, use that. Here's a format for a lab report you can use if you aren't sure what to write or need an explanation of what to include in the different parts of the report. A lab report is how you explain what you did in experiment, what you learned, and what the results meant. Here is a standard format. 1. Title Page (COVER PAGE) single page that states: • • • •
The title of the experiment. Your name and the names of any lab partners. Your instructor's name. The date the report was submitted.
Title The title says what you did. It should be brief (aim for ten words or less) and describe the main point of the experiment or investigation. Introduction / Aim of the experiment Usually the Introduction is one paragraph that explains the objectives or purpose of the lab. In one sentence, state the hypothesis. Sometimes an introduction may contain background information, briefly summarize how the experiment was performed, state the findings of the experiment, and list the conclusions of the investigation. Even if you don't write a whole introduction, you need to state the purpose of the experiment, or why you did it. This would be where you state your hypothesis. Apparatus List everything needed to complete your experiment. Methods Describe the steps you completed during your investigation. This is your procedure. Be sufficiently detailed that anyone could read this section and duplicate your experiment. Write it as if you were giving direction for someone else to do the lab. It may be helpful to provide a Figure to diagram your experimental setup. Data (included in results) Numerical data obtained from your procedure usually is presented as a table. Data
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