Lab Report Guidelines

Lab Report - EML 3301C A Guide for Report Writing Your lab reports will be an introduction to scientific journal-style writing See the attached

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EML 3301C A Guide for Report Writing Your lab reports will be an introduction to scientific journal-style writing. See the attached example paper to how a published journal article reads and flows. The example paper is the result of years of work and thousands of man-hours of time, and its length is representative of this. While you are not expected to produce reports of this length or caliber, the following guide will assist in your document creation. Sections Each report should contain the following elements: I. Title page Your title page will contain your name, the course number, the lab number and/or title, and the date. (This is strictly for the benefit of the grader. You would not include this in an actual journal publication.) II. Introduction – objectives and motivation for the work, and any necessary concepts and background information. III. Procedure -- description of experimental procedure. IV. Results -- description of results, tables, graphs, images, and etc. V. Discussion – discussion of results VI. Conclusion -- brief summary VII. References Your introduction will provide motivation, objectives, and any necessary background information. You are not to refer to lab reports as, “this lab,” or “this assignment.” You are writing these reports from a formal perspective. Use language such as, “this work,” “this study,” and/or “this investigation.” The introduction is often a difficult section to write. You may want to save writing this section for last. Try to tie this section in with your discussion section. Avoid verbose discussion for example, “Mechanics of Materials is an important discipline in Engineering.” Avoid excessively long introductions. While background and methodology are essential elements in their own right, unless you're writing a review paper, people are most interested in the work you performed. The procedure section will describe your procedures so that someone with reasonable scientific knowledge will be able to understand and reproduce your experiments. It is not a list of instructions or a ‘play by play’ commentary. If your paper was intended to report some novel procedure, then you would go into much further procedural detail but most of the time, this is not the case. It is understood that you
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followed scientific protocols and accurately recorded results. Results and discussion sections may be separate or combined. Sometimes it flows better when you discuss data as it is presented; the choice is up to you. The results section will contain all of the data, charts, graphs, tables, and etc. that are critical to your discussion. Do not include data that is not discussed in the body of your paper. In the lab assignment there will be suggested questions to be answered and are intended to lead you into some discussion. If you do not see the reason for such calculations or suggestions (you should spend more time thinking them over) do not add information to your report that does not support the discussion. Do not include all data collected in the paper, but you are responsible to maintain this data should we need to review it.
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This note was uploaded on 09/06/2011 for the course EML 3301C taught by Professor Chesney during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.

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Lab Report - EML 3301C A Guide for Report Writing Your lab reports will be an introduction to scientific journal-style writing See the attached

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