Formal Laboratory Report Guidelines

You will be required to write a formal laboratory report for some of the experiments you perform in this course, including your laboratory project. There should be no plagiarism. Anything that is copied word-for-word from another source must be put in quotes and the source identified.The reports you write in this course should conform to the following guidelines:

  1. It must be typed.
  2. It must be double-spaced OR single-spaced with double spaces between paragraphs. All sections should be labeled and separated from the previous section.
  3. As much as possible, it should be free of spelling and grammatical errors. Use a spell-checker or have someone else proofread the report.
  4. It should be written in third-person narrative style and in past tense. For example,

The laboratory report will require more work to produce on your part and more work to evaluate on the part of your instructor. For this reason, it will carry a greater weight in the final grade.

The laboratory report should consist of the following eight parts:

    1.    Title of the experiment.

    2.    Course Information: Name, Lab Partner(s), Instructor, Course, Section, Date.

    3.    An abstract of the experiment, in your own words. The abstract is a very short summary (approx 1 paragraph) of:

    4.    An introduction to the experiment. The introduction should:

    5.    The procedure(s) used in the experiment. The procedure should:

    6.    The experimental results. This includes:

    7.    A discussion section. The discussion should:

    8.    Laboratory Report Checklist.