LAB REPORT FORMAT
1. Cover Sheet: All labs must have a simple cover sheet with:
a) Last name, first name in upper right hand corner;
b) Lab number and date lab performed on separate lines under name;
c) Name of school and title of lab on separate lines centered in middle of page;
d) Names of other lab partners on separate lines in lower left of page;
e) Instructor’s name in lower left of page.
2. Body of Report:
3. Lab reports are due seven days after the lab is commenced, unless otherwise noted.
Late labs lose credit.
- Objective: Explain the purpose of the exercise as briefly as possible. (One sentence is good.)
- Procedure/Equipment: Explain how you performed the experiment/ sketch the set-up your group used.
- Data Tables: Neatly record all observations and measured quantities. Observe the rules regarding significant figures.
- Analysis of Data/Graphing: Include sample calculation, percent error (where possible) and sources of error. Graphs must be done on graph paper only. Graphs include title, scale, and labeled axes. Always use a best-fit line.
- Questions: Answer the questions in complete sentences or paragraphs as appropriate.
- Conclusion: Explain if the objective was reached and discuss the reasons why or why not.
4. Reports must be typed or printed. Each student must hand in
his or her own lab report. Lab partners share data and ideas but
not identical write-ups.
5. Every student must have his or her own copy of lab data. If you are absent for any part of a lab, arrange to come on your own time to complete the lab.