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 experimentThe 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.) • DateThe 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 concisemanner 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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