Writing Scientific Lab Reports

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Writing Scientific Lab Reports The purpose of a scientific lab or research report is to communicate to others some specific data you  have collected and what you think they mean.  A report must be written as concisely and clearly as  possible so the reader can absorb the material quickly and could accurately repeat or extend your  research. 1.  Title:  The title should indicate exactly what has been studied. Example: The Effects of Light and Temperature on the Growth of the Bacterium, Escherichia coli. The title explains the environmental factors manipulated, the parameter measured, and the specific  organism used.  It is unnecessary to include words such as “ Observations on the Effects of. ..”,  or “ A Report on  the Effects of. ..” or “ A Study on  the Effects of. ..” 2.  Introduction:  Why did you study this problem?  Provide background information so that a reader  will understand the purpose of your experiments.  What are the questions you are asking, and why are  they worth asking?  Explain the purpose of your experiments and include a brief description of  treatments used and what was measured. 3. Materials and Methods:  What did you do?  How did you do it?  You will describe how you did  your work, including experimental design, experimental apparatus, methods of gathering and  analyzing data, and types of controls.  This section must be written clearly enough to allow the reader  to duplicate the experiment if they so wish.  Details like concentrations (in absolute units like mM,  not 1X) and sample size are important.  Any statistical analyses should be mentioned at the end of this 
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