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Lab Report Format

Purpose:
State the reason for doing the lab. This is usually given to you on the lab instruction sheet.
Materials:
List all chemicals and equipment used in the lab in two separate lists, one for chemicals and one for
equipment. Make sure to include the number, capacity and concentration where appropriate. DO NOT
INCLUDE AMOUNTS !
zinc powder
sulfur powder
0.1 M NaOH

test tube (1)


test tube holder
Bunsen burner
beaker (400 mL)

Method:
Write a detailed outline of the procedures followed in the past, passive tense. Within the body use numbers
for amounts and symbols for units. Use words for numbers when starting a sentence.
WRONG:

Mix the zinc and sulfur powders together in equal amounts in a


beaker.

WRONG:
CORRECT:

I mixed the zinc and sulfur powders together in equal amounts in


a beaker.
The zinc and sulfur powders were mixed together in equal
amounts

Diagram:
Include a simple labeled diagram on blank paper illustrating how the equipment was set up for your
experiment. LINE UP ALL LABELS ON ONE SIDE OF THE DIAGRAM.
Observations:
Include all qualitative and quantitative observations here. All diagrams and charts are also included in this
section. All observations should be made in the third person past tense. DO NOT INCLUDE ANY
INFERENCES OR INTERPRETATIONS OF YOUR OBSERVATIONS.
Discussion and Analysis:
In this section you will include your interpretations (i.e. inferences) of your results, any calculations and
answers to follow up questions.
Conclusions:
This section should include a brief summary of what was learned from the investigation and should refer to
the concepts stated in the purpose. It should also include any possible sources of error (there are always
some).
References:
Include all references, including personal communications cited in proper format (Author, (date) Title,
Place: Publisher, page). Make sure to include your lab partner.
Rough Work: Make sure that your rough data table is included at the back of your lab.