Writing a Lab Report
Experiments are an essential part of science. Their purpose is to better understand a concept or to discover new information. Presenting the findings of the experiment is done through a lab report that outlines how the experiment worked and what the results were. There are strict guidelines for the presentation of a lab report. In this course, you will be using a simplified version.
A hypothesis is an educated guess. You state what you think will happen in the experiment. It is always written in an If … then…. format.
Submit photos of you conducting the experiment. You can put them into your lab report or you can submit them separately. Make sure they are labeled as to what you are doing when the photo is taken. Sometimes questions are asked in this section. When this occurs, note the procedure step number next to your answer.
Present the data for your experiment in a neatly organized manner. Data is typically presented in table format. Graphs often form part of of the data presentation.
Answer all questions in full sentences. Make sure that your answers are clearly stated.
This is written as a small paragraph that will answer the Purpose of the experiment. First, state whether or not your hypothesis was correct. Support this with the results or actual data.
Our hypothesis was incorrect. Red and blue paint did not make white paint. Our results showed that red and blue paint made purple paint.