TO: Emma Mackenzie, Writing Instructor; Montana Tech
FROM: Sarah Hambidge, Montana Tech Student
DATE: 6 November 2012
SUBJECT: Lab Report Analysis
This memo proposes the observations and claims I collected from reviewing three different lab reports. Three fields of study are composed within this memo that includes Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering. “Electrical Filters,” (Electrical), written by Joe Schmoe, is a lab report made by a student at a university. The College Board produced an environmental lab report named, “Monitoring Air Quality,” (Air), for the purpose of student education as a lab template. Monitoring Air Quality was written by Dr. Angela C. Morrow who graduated from the University of Northern Colorado. Within the Energy Engineering field, I found, “NETL Extreme Drilling Lab Studies high temperature drilling Phenomena.” (NETL). This lab was created by the U.S. Department of Energy and was found in the work of the U.S. Government. This lab report was written by K. David Lyons, Simone Honeygan, and Thomas Mroz. All three lab reports’ features have been compared and contrasted using analytical techniques in this memo.
Observation of Whole Document
All three documents are close in terms of length of paper. They are in the range between 6 and 9 pages long. The NETL Drilling High Pressure High Temperature Drilling Phenomena and Electrical Filters lab reports have 4 or 5 figures to represent the purpose of the lab report. The Air Quality lab only has one figure, a picture of a tree. College Board’s Monitoring Air Quality figures were labeled underneath the pictures in regular font. The petroleum lab report used bold lettering underneath the figures. The electrical report’s figures were labeled with italics underneath the picture as well. * Paragraph styles
All three labs differ strongly when it comes to the style of how the paragraphs were written.
References: * Doyoyo, September 19, 2002, 13.014J/1.052J “Helpful instructions on how to write a mechanics lab report.” * Markel, 2010 Chapters 6,7,9,10,18, Appendix B related to APA documentation * Unit 3 Topics Checklist * (Electrical)