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AP Physics C LAB REPORT FORMAT Lab information: Lab title, name, group members, date(s) of performing experiment I) Abstract The abstract is a condensed version of the entire paper. It allows a reader to quickly understand the purpose, methods, results and significance of your research without reading the entire paper. Abstracts for papers published in scholarly journals are useful to you when you are conducting library research, because you can quickly determine whether the research report will be relevant to your topic. The material in the abstract is written in the same order as that within the paper, and has the same emphasis. An effective abstract should include a sentence or two summarizing the highlights from each of the sections: introduction (including purpose), methods, results, and discussion. To reflect the content of the paper accurately, the abstract should be written after the final draft of your paper is complete, although it is placed at the beginning of the paper. For example: Abstract: The acceleration of a freely falling mass was measured using the Behr free fall apparatus where a falling metal bob sparked through a tape every 1/60 second. The value of 9.73 ± 0.04 m/s 2 was calculated which agrees with the accepted value the acceleration of gravity of 9.80 m/s 2 at the 95% confidence level. II) Purpose : A brief statement of the purpose or objective of the experiment. What are you trying to determine by performing the experiment? For example, a purpose statement could be “The purpose of this experiment is to determine how the time it takes for water to flow out of a container depends on the diameter of the drain hole and the initial height of the water in the container.” "The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effects of environmentally realistic exposures of acid precipitation on productivity of field-grown and chamber-grown peanuts." "The hypothesis was that environmentally realistic exposures of acid precipitation would affect the productivity of both field-grown and chamber-grown peanuts." III) Pre-lab theory (if any): Before you begin the lab, you may be asked to theoretically solve a problem that corresponds to the lab. Your lab report must include your theoretical solution. Most importantly, you must include a conceptual explanation of what that theoretical solution implies in terms of the lab. Your pre-lab theory should include: (1)
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