you explain your work, list data, calculate values and answer questions in your
lab report, be sure the information would be clear to anyone who might read
your lab report.
Due the day of the lab unless other instructions are given.
Pre-labs should be very short and may
be only one paragraph in length. The hypothesis or purpose of the lab is
the topic sentence. The procedure is summarized. As always, the
paragraph must end with a concluding sentence which should refer to the hypothesis.
- Graphs (if required) Graphs
are to be an appropriate size. Each graph must have a title, all axes
labeled, and the intervals of each axis clearly indicated.
- Data Table (if required)
Fill in all parts of the data table. Units must be included.
- Calculations (if required)
Show HOW calculations are made. Give the equation used and show how values
are substituted into it. Label each value with units and identification of
what the value represents. For a series of calculations using the same
procedure, only a sample calculation needs to be shown.
- Questions Answer questions
in complete sentences. The answer should be written so that the question
being asked is understood.
- Written Conclusion
(required unless otherwise instructed) The
conclusion is to be written in paragraph form at the end of the lab
report. Sentences relaying factual information are to be based on the
observations and data collected and/or graphs produced during the lab
itself. The word "I" should not be used when writing a conclusion.
Never use the phrases "I think", "I believe", "I
found", etc. State what happened or was found. Support your
conclusion with data and observations from the lab. Given possible
reasons for errors - don't simply blame the equipment.
Only one copy
of items #1 to 3 is turned in per lab group. EVERYONE turns in items #4 and 5.