Lab report guidelines

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Laboratory Report Guidelines Page 1 Laboratory Report Guidelines Plagiarism will be treated very seriously. It will lead to extreme penalties (such as zero credit for the report in question and all the reports preceding it, receiving an “F” grade for the course, probation or suspension from the University). A few words of warning!!! 1. Never use reports and/or data from previous quarters. 2. You are encouraged to research topics related to the experiment using reference book(s) and/or the World Wide Web. However, you must never lift sentence(s) or paragraph(s) directly out of the source(s). If you want to include information from these sources, write it in your own words and cite the source(s) in the Reference section (see below). 3. For experiments that are done in group, data must be shared, calculations can be collaborated, the report, however, must be written independently. All reports must be in Word format (i.e., .doc). When typing, use Times New Roman font, size 10. Use single space within a paragraph and double space between paragraphs. The grade you receive is not proportional to the length of the report. Be concise and complete. Concise include clarity, correct grammar, no spelling mistakes, nice flow, etc. . Complete means sufficient measured and calculated data are shown so that the reader can check/repeat your calculations, if necessary. Always use passive voice. For example, say “the solution was titrated with a standardized HCl solution”, not “I titrated the solution with a standardized HCl solution”. Tenses: Work that was done in the lab should be written in past tense. For example, “…three titrations were done to standardize the NaOH solution.” When mentioning your results, it should be in the present tense. For example, “…the equilibrium constants are all within 5% of each other”. When you are writing your report, always ask yourself is enough information included so that the reader can repeat your work, if necessary. Be concise is also an important consideration. Often names of compounds, chemical reactions, equations and/or formulae need to be included in the report. When that happens, the equations or formulae must be generated by a software program (called equation editor in Microsoft Office); not by hand. Simple chemicals or reactions can be generated by Word directly using subscript and superscript; complex ones, however, can better be written using the equation editor. An equation editor program usually comes installed with the "standard" MS Office package. . If, for some reason, you can’t find it on your computer (using the following method), you should use one of the computers in the Academic Computing Services (ACS) Labs on campus. As of Spring quarter 2010, one of the ACS Labs is in room 2303 NSB (Natural Science Building) which is next door to the Chem100A lab. There is rumor that this computer lab will be eliminated due to lack of use.
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