Good Lab Report Guidelines
Complete as much as possible before coming to the lab.
Write neatly. Cross out neatly, do not erase. Use pen.
Bring attention to important results (box, arrows, underline).
Use scissors and tape to neatly place graphs in notebook.
|I.||IDENTIFY YOURSELF AND THE EXPERIMENT|
|II.||THEORY OR PURPOSE|
|Write a brief paragraph summarizing in your own words the objectives of the experiment. Include principles of physics, theory, and concepts being investigated. You should complete this part before coming to your lab section.|
|III.||TECHNIQUE AND APPARATUS|
|Write a brief paragraph describing the apparatus in front of you, and the specific technique being used to perform the experiment. Complete most of this part before coming to your lab session and then add any further information after you have seen the apparatus and have gone through the technique.|
|Prepare the basic equations and any tables that you will need to perform the calculations required to analyze your data and errors. It should be possible to have this part well organized before coming to your lab session. Your final answers should be clearly tabulated in your report. If you use the data summary sheet from the lab writeup, trim and tape it into your notebook.|
|Write a brief paragraph summarizing the results and conclusions derived from your data. Be sure that your conclusions are supported by your data. By necessity, this part will have to be written after you have acquired and analyzed your data, however, you should think about the possible conclusions beforehand.|
|Answer all questions listed in the lab write-up.|