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Your teacher wants a lab report but you dont know how to do one, this might help

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This lab report

 

Writing a lab report doesnt have to be hard. The following notes were written originally by the Ms. McRae the Physical Science teacher who helped with the site. They are clear and simple, but they MAY NOT be what your teacher wants.

 

How to write a lab report

 

The Title

Your name:

Your Partner(s) name(s):

Date lab done:

Date lab submitted:

 

Purpose:  The reason for the lab activity. The problem to be solved.

                                e.g.: 1)to determine the percentage of brown-eyed people in the class

 

Notice that you do not write: /The purpose is to determine../ Its known to be the purpose because youll have already written that word down and underlined it.

 

Necessary Information:            information that you need to know in order to do the lab or to do the calculations

 

Materials:                  A list or a sketch of the setup labelled.

 

                                OR if given a lab sheet with this info just write: refer to attached sheet

 

Procedure:              A step by step point form list of what was done.

 

                                It should be in past tense.

 

                                OR a labelled sketch of the setup.

 

Results/Observations:              What did you see, feel (literally), small, hear

 

                                                NEVER taste anything!!

 

Calculations:            Show all calculations no matter how simple.

 

                                Only show 1 sample calculation for each type of calculation that you have to do.

 

                                Refer to attached graphs here

 

Analysis or Interpretation:                        This is where you discuss your results i.e. what do they mean? If you think something didnt work out. Why not?

 

Conclusion:                              Answer your purpose here with usually one two clear, concise sentences

 

Questions:                                If there are any questions with the lab, they are answered after the conclusion

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