-1 Day or more-
- I will give you the lab
procedure and information on your lab. You will prepare for the lab day
the following sections of the lab: The purpose, the apparatus, and the
procedure. These will become the first 3 sections in your finalized lab
- You will come into class
with the lab procedure read
- You will have with you the first 3 sections of the lab
report; Purpose, Theory, Hypothesis. A brief quiz on the lab procedure may be given at this time.
- The quiz could ask questions about the purpose, the apparatus, and the
- You may need to provide a few short
sentences on what you think will happen in this lab. This does not need
to be correct, but they do need to show some thought went into writing
- I will sign your predictions
while you are performing the lab. If you leave the classroom without
your predictions signed, you will lose those points from your lab
- The lab report is due.
- You will lose
10% for every day late you
hand in your lab report.
Lab Report Format
Name:_________________ (Your name first,
followed by lab partners names)
This is a short paragraph describing the problem
that is bing researched and the objectives of the experiment. This is your problem statement. It should describe the scenario you are modeling without going into the detail of the procedure. Explicate goals of your investigation and what you expect to learn from the lab should be stated here.
The theory is the main body of
your paper. This is is your research section
In this section write in
paragraph sentence form the information about your lab. Make sure to
include, the definition of major terms, the reasoning and connection to
the lab of all major concepts, make sure tell what the theory says
should happen in the lab, and make sure to tell the history behind the
is not the time to try
rewrite the laws of physics. The theory is factual based on the current
understanding of the universe. If you have some information that defies
current law, explain it in the results section of this paper
A short paragraph which is your hypothesis
about what type of results believe you plan on getting out of the lab. The hypothesis should be measurable.
Try to be as accurate as
possible. We are trying to use the scientific method here.
This section includes a list of all items used during this experiment. If this is the first time we have used this apparatus describe what the apparatus is, draw or computer generate and image of the object and explain how it works. Make sure to cite anything you haven't created yourself.
What steps do you take in the lab? This should outline the procedure you take in gathering your data. Do not simply copy the procedure from the lab sheet. Write down the steps you need to take in the order you need to take them to arrive at your results. Make sure to list how you will use the apparatuses listed above. The overall procedure should be complete enough that an arbitrary person could read your procedure and can perform the lab as you did it.
Charts, graphs, and tables
that include all of your data you have collected. If there is
more than one table or chart, make sure to label them ("Data Table 5-2"
etc.) so that they can
be referenced throughout your paper. Graphs should be done neatly and
should contain a large enough scale to interpret all of the data.
Please refer to the data table and graph guideline provided by your
instructor during the chapter 1 of physics
Provide one calculation for
each of the different types of calculations
you preformed on the data you have collected. Make sure to show all steps. An example of this would
Total Normal Force
=Total mass of block (kg) * (acceleration due to gravity (m/(s2)) *
sin(of the angle (radians))
=0.4136 kg (± error) * 9.80 m/s2 * sin (p/2 (±
= 4.05 N (± propagated error)
Explain where your error came
from in the data that you have collected and if your data is significantly
off, greater than 5% error; predict what the acceptable values would
Start this section by interpreting the results and explaining everything that the data shows in paragraph sentence form that is supported by the theory you previously wrote. There may be more than one discovery that is found in the research. Explain the significance of your data, and what your data is
representing. In this paragraph explain, what the data is telling you.
Interpret your data! This may be 1 or 2 paragraphs.
In a new paragraph explain anything strange about your data,
for example, any new laws of physics you may have discovered. Example:
I drop a ball and a feather they both drop at the same rate according
to the theory.
If your data didn't show that then did we
forget something. If not did we discover a new law of physics?
If there is nothing strange about this data it is all supported by theory make sure to say:
"There is nothing strange about these results, they are all explained by the research found
in the theory section."
If some of the results aren't supported by the theory section but are supported by physical principals explain them here with supporting research. This is where you are creating or discovering new rules
Finally, in the last paragraph pose new questions that can be researched if you preform the laboratory again.
*Remember, if there is
that doesn't match your theory, that you didn't
explain in the results or analysis and you did not ask about it in the
question paragraph, then you can expect to lose points.
Answer any questions that were
asked on the lab hand out but were not answered above. The preferred
method for you to do this is to answer the questions in one of the
sections above, and then parenthetically site is by writing [Q1] or
[Q2] directly before the sentence. If you have successfully included all of the post-lab questions in other sections do not include this section in your paper.
In the conclusion, evaluate
your understanding of the lab. Tell the
reader what you found interesting. Explain what was new to you and what
you took from the lab.
Cite all references.
The word "I" or "We" should only appear in the conclusion section of this report.
There is no title page. In some reports you may be asked to produce a
title page. Do not create one unless asked to do so. If creating a
title page, remove the current heading and create a title page in the
A full page that
goes at the front
giving pertinent, basic information.
This includes your name, the lab number, the descriptive title of the
performed, any students in your lab group who helped produce data, the
instructor's name, and the date handed in. Each of these items goes on its own line and is generally centered both horizontally and vertically. Some kind of
illustration relative to the lab
may also be placed on this page.