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Guidelines-for-lab-notebook - Your Chem 1B Laboratory...

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Your Chem 1B Laboratory Notebook It takes practice and lots of trial and error to keep a good laboratory notebook. Proper lab notebook techniques are expected in a professional research laboratory. On the front cover of the notebook write: 1. your name 2. chemistry 1B 3. instructor’s name 4. your lab drawer number 5. section #, semester and year Record everything in your notebook in permanent blue or black ink. Record data directly into your notebook. Do not use scratch paper for collecting data. The Table of Contents should always be kept up to date. Write the experiment title on the line and the page number corresponding to the first page of an experiment. Start the first lab report on page number 1. Write only on the numbered (right-hand) pages only and do not use the backs of pages as scratch paper. Always make sure the carbon copy is readable. Each new lab report should be started on a fresh page. If a mistake is made, cross out the erroneous entry with a single line (never use white-out or scribble something out). Nothing should ever be deleted from a lab notebook. The headings should be filled on the first page only of an experiment. Write your name and the date in the appropriate boxes. When you work with a partner, enter your partner’s name in an unused box. Your signature at the bottom of the page is not required. Your lab notebook will be inspected by the instructor during the lab. If you have an incomplete notebook you may be asked to leave the lab. The yellow (tear out) pages will be turned in for grading for each lab report. These pages must be stapled in numerical order with any other required materials (graphs, spectra, etc.) thoroughly labeled and placed at the end. Graphs must be printed using a computer graphing program. Do not draw graphs on the lab notebook pages. Procedure for Graphs: Graphs are best when they are to-the-point and easy to read. The following features should be present on the graph: Put the title of the experiment, a colon, and then the title of the graph at the top of the page. For example: Rate Law Determination of the Crystal Violet Reaction: Concentration of Crystal Violet vs. Time (Run 1) If more than one set of data will be plotted, use a legend in an open space on the graph that shows which symbol refers to which set of data. Label each data set. You should not use a legend if there is only one set of data. Even if you fit a line or a curve to the data, clearly show all relevant data points.
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2011 for the course CHEM 101 taught by Professor Brennan,b during the Spring '08 term at Santa Barbara City.

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