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Laboratory Report Guidelines Typically the comprehensive report will contain the following sections: Title Page Abstract Table of Contents Introduction Theory Experimental Setup and Procedure Experimental Results Discussion Conclusions and Recommendations Acknowledgments References Appendices Details of what these sections must contain is given below. Title Page The title page clearly identifies the following elements: • Title of the experiment The title should be descriptive of what was done. So, for example, instead of just “Viscosity Experiment,” write something like, “Measurement of the Temperature Dependence of Viscosity for 10W-30 Motor Oil.” • Author (s) Put the name of the principle author first, but include all collaborators. • Entity for which the experiment was done (e.g., San José State University, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, ME 120 Experimental Methods, etc.) • Date The date is one of the most important items. Don’t forget it! Strive for legibility, clarity, and balance in laying out the title page. Don’t overdo font size, all caps, or bold effects. An example of an acceptable title page is shown at the end of these guidelines. Abstract The idea behind the abstract is to summarize the major points of the report in a concise manner to enable the reader to determine whether or not to read the entire report. Abstracts are often used to index reports in electronic databases. The abstract consists of answering the following three questions in just a few paragraphs, at most : What did you do? How did you do it? What did you find? BJ Furman Laboratory Report Guidelines.doc 09FEB2007 1
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It is important that you avoid filler and extra verbiage that does not address the three questions above when you write an abstract. It is also important to include specific information. Don’t be too general in your answers to the questions above. For example, you would be writing too generally if you said, “We found that the viscosity was lower than published values over the temperature range we tested.” Instead, it would be better to say, “We found that the viscosity was 22% lower than published values over the temperature range of 20 ° C to 80 ° C.” An example of a decent abstract is given at the end of the guidelines. Table of Contents The table of contents lists the titles of the major sections of the report and the page numbers where they begin to enable the reader to easily find a particular section. If you have extensive sub-sections within the major sections, you should consider listing the titles of the sub-sections in the table of contents also. Sub-section titles should appear (indented) below the titles of the major sections of the report. Use a tabbed leader line from the end of each title to the page number to make it easy for the reader to associate the correct page number with the section title.
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