lab report

lab report

Lab Report

Apparatus, materials and methods

"As the name implies, the materials and methods used in the experiments should be reported in this section. The difficulty in writing this section is to provide enough detail for the reader to understand the experiment without overwhelming him or her. When procedures from a lab book or another report are followed exactly, simply cite the work, noting that details can be found in that particular source. However, it is still necessary to describe special pieces of equipment and the general theory of the assays used. This can be usually be done in a short paragraph, possibly along with a drawing of the experiment apparatus. Generally, this section attempts to answer the following questions:

1, What materials were used?

2. How were they used?

3. Where and when was the work done? (This question is most important in field studies.)"

Observations and/or results with discussion


"The results section should summarize the data from the experiments without discussing their implications. The data should be organized into tables, figures, graphs, photographs, and so on. But data included in a table should not be duplicated in a figure or graph.

All figures and tables should have descriptive titles and should include a legend explaining any symbols, abbreviations, or special methods used. Figures and tables should be numbered separately and should be referred to in the text by number, for example:

-Figure 1 shows that the activity decreased after five minutes.

-The activity decreased after five minutes (fig. 1).

Figures and tables should be self-explanatory; that is, the reader should be able to understand them without referring to the text. All columns and rows in tables and axes in figures should be labelled.

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