A crucial part of a lab is the proper writing of a lab report.
Please follow the instructions given below when writing lab reports for this course. Don't hesitate to ask if you have questions about form or content.
Above all, remember to write with precision, clarity, and economy. Writing Your writing should be in full sentences and easily understood. It should conform to the conventions of standard written English sentence form, grammar, spelling, etc.
Good writing is as important in science as it is in other disciplines because one's ideas have little impact, no matter how important they may be, if they are not well communicated.
While style is mostly an individual characteristic, everyone should strive for presentations that are easily understandable as well as grammatically correct. One reason for emphasizing clarity is that writing and thinking are closely related; as many people have said, "fuzzy writing reflects fuzzy thinking.
Style Scientific writing is usually in the past tense because one reports on experiments that have been completed. The writing should not be too self-referential e. Writing that is predominantly in the passive voice is deadly to read e.
The first page of a lab report should be a title page with the title of the report, your name, the date, the course e. There should then follow text that is a minimum of two pages and a maximum of five double-spaced, typewritten pages in length tables, figures, and references do not count in this total.
All writing should be on only one side of the page, and the reports should be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. The best length is shorter than the maximum, so don't expand a shorter report to reach a five-page limit.
It is important to write concisely.
The report must be typed or word-processed. Neatness and clarity of presentation are almost as important as clarity of thought. Audience Write the report as if you were writing to other students who are taking a similar course but have not done this experiment. Assume that they have some familiarity with the subject matter but no expertise.
Do not write specifically for the instructor. You may talk about the lab exercise as much as you like while in the laboratory. Outside the lab, though, you should not discuss your writing of the report with anyone else, other than a tutor at the Writing Center.
It is essential that you write your own report.Discussion: (Discuss what happened in the lab.
Give details on anything that went wrong. Give details on anything that went wrong.
Answer any questions from the lab. is a report on some practical research or experiment you have undertaken in the laboratory or the field.
The report is highly structured under headings such as: title, author, abstract, introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, references and. Lab Report Guidelines Page lrg-2 How to write an Introduction section The Introduction section should include the following three sections.
Outside the lab, though, you should not discuss your writing of the report with anyone else, other than a tutor at the Writing Center. It is essential that you write your own report.
You may and are encouraged to discuss the experiment itself with anyone at anytime to ensure that you have understood it. ably find it helpful to read over the entire chapter the first time you are asked to write a lab-report section (to get some sense of how the pieces of a lab report fit together).
At the end of the semes-ter, when you will write a full report, you should go back and read the entire chapter again. Introductory Lab Report Writing One page detailed guide to the sections needed in a common lab report Check list of the information needed in a common lab report Great to use while writing or right before handing in a report to make sure you have completed each necessary section.