How to Write a Proper Lab Report

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How to Write a Lab Report: This is a brief explanation of how to write a proper organic lab report. As previously stated, your lab reports will be divided into three main sections: The Pre, In, and Post labs. Let’s take a look at how these sections are organized and what sort of information should be included in your write-up. The Pre-Lab consists of the following: I. Title: This section is self explanatory. You should not simply transcribe the name of the experiment from your lab manual. Instead, pick a unique and descriptive title for your report that clearly states what you will be trying to accomplish in lab as well as how. II. Introduction: This should be a short paragraph explaining the nature of the experiment and its overall purpose. This information will be garnered from reading through the background material for both the laboratory procedure and the techniques that you will be utilizing during the course of the experiment. Incorporate this information into your introductory statement. Your introduction should answer the following questions: What will I be doing in lab today? What is the purpose of the experiment? What techniques/apparatus will I be using to accomplish this task? If the experiment entails a purely physical change/conversion (recrystallization, distillation, etc…) this is where your introduction will end. If, however, the experiment will be undertaking a chemical transformation (reaction), you will need to add two additional pieces of information to your introductory paragraph: a balanced equation and a reaction mechanism. Balanced Equation: In an organic lab report, a balanced equation is always written using either skeletal or condensed chemical structures. Never present your balanced equation using molecular formulas This is a structural summation of the chemistry that you will be performing during your laboratory exercise. Remember to check your stoichiometry very carefully. The following is an example of the balanced equation for the double dehydrohalogenation of 1,2- dibromocyclopentane:
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Reaction Mechanism: The final part of your introductory paragraph will be a reaction mechanism. As you will learn in
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2012 for the course CHEM 234-54 taught by Professor Morrison during the Fall '09 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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