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Writing a Formal Report for Organic Chemistry Basics of Writing a Formal Report in Organic Chemistry Style: A formal report differs from the lab notebook, not primarily in content, but in organization and style. While both the lab notebook and report contain information about what you have done, what you have seen, and conclusions you have drawn from the data, the purpose of the two documents is different. The lab notebook is designed as a record for your use in recording and storing your scientific work. You use it as a reference if you want to repeat a procedure or experiment. You use it to store scientific data that you worked hard to collect so it won’t be lost. The style of the notebook reflects the purpose: because it is meant for you, the style can be less formal. It has to be neat and organized enough to find what you are looking for, but you can use a style that best suits your needs and background. In contrast, the formal report is primarily meant for you to convey your information and conclusions to another person so that they can understand. It is a teaching tool. The fact that people of many diverse backgrounds will be reading this report requires standardization among all lab reports—there are formalities that must be followed. That is why it is called a formal report. In a formal report, the success of communicating your ideas depends as much on style and format as the information and conclusions you include in the report. The rest of this handout outlines the format of the formal report. 1. Title The title must give enough tell the reader what to expect but stay as succinct as possible. Your name and email should go under the title. Examples: “Elimination Experiments” (too generic) “Eliminations of 2-methyl-2-butanol under Acidic Conditions Lead to More Stable Product formation” (too wordy) “Influence of Product Stability on Products of Elimination Reactions”
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2012 for the course CHEM S343 taught by Professor Benburlingham during the Summer '11 term at Indiana.

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