Notebook Instruction

Notebook Instruction - could be used in a court of law 5...

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How to Keep a Laboratory Notebook: 1. Your lab notebook should be a bound book, not a spiral bound notebook or a loose leaf binder . In either case, the work represented in it should be “first hand” and appear as notes that you took prior to or while doing the lab. 2. You should have a title page with your name, the name of the laboratory course, name of the instructor, name of the TA, and the year in which you took this course. 3. You should have a table of contents with at least the name of each laboratory exercise, the date(s) it was done, and the page numbers it is found on in the notebook. 4. Every page after the table of contents should be numbered in the upper right hand corner . NEVER rip out a page of your lab notebook; it is a representation and record of your work. In some work arenas, your notebook is valued as their property and
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Unformatted text preview: could be used in a court of law!! 5. For each laboratory exercise: a. Put a title on the top of the first page ( do before lab ) b. Clearly state the objective of the lab exercise ( do before lab ) c. State your hypotheses ( do before lab ) d. Take accurate notes to what you ACTUALLY did for each step. (This will help in your lab write-ups!) e. Include the results of the experiment(s), as appropriate. f. Write a brief summary of your findings and what you think they mean 6. Remember to keep it neat so that you and your TA can read it. Note : This may seem like a waste of time to some of you. However, it is never too late to learn and practice the proper ways to document scientific work. You will need to do this if you are a lab technician, Ph.D., or a physician....
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