Writing Lab Reports A complete should contain the following: • Title • Introduction • Purpose • Equipment/Materials/Apparatus • Experiment/Procedure • Hypothesis ( when possible) • Observations • Analysis • Summary/Conclusion Title – correct title and reference for the lab Introduction – should include background information, such as definitions and particular examples of a physical problem Purpose- a single statement of what the lab should accomplish. It could be to illustrate a known theory, to test a known theory or establish a relationship between variables. Equipment – a list so others could carry out and verify the experiment, common lab materials are assumed to be available. Hypothesis – state an hypothesis if you can make an educated guess as to the outcome or there is an expected outcome. Procedure – Must be in past, impersonal tense. Report of what you did with enough detail that others could do the same lab and verify your results. Observations – only the measured values collected in the procedure, often collected and presented in a
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