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Laboratory Report Template



A. What is the report about?
1. Write a descriptive title. Anyone who reads your title should be able to
tell what your experiment is all about.
I. Objectives:
A. What are you supposed to accomplish in the experimental procedure?
1. Provide the primary goals of the lab (what is being done in the
experiment, such as to measure something, to test something, to
determine something, etc.) and/or define the purpose of the lab (the way
the experimental procedure is linked to the learning context).
II. Pre-Laboratory Guide Questions/ Problem:
A. What question are you trying to answer?
III. Hypothesis
A. What is the probable answer to the problem?
1. The problem is an intelligent probable answer to the pre-laboratory
questions and/or the best estimation of the outcome of the lab procedure.
This is determined before the execution of the experimental design.
2. It provides logical reasoning behind the assumed/expected result.
IV. Variables
A. What is the independent variable?
1. These are the manipulated variables.
B. What is the dependent variables?
2. These are the measured responding variables or those that changes
during the experiment.
C. What are your controlled variables?
3. These are the variables that will be constant throughout the experiment.
V. Materials:
A. What materials were used?

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VI. Experimental Design/Procedure:

A. What did you do and how did you do it?
1. Narrate step-by-step the procedures taken to complete the experiment.
2. Your procedure should be written with enough details so the experiment
could be repeated by anyone.
3. Include any figures/illustrations that may help your readers visualize
your experimental set-up.
VII. Interpretation and analysis of data
A. What did you find? What does it mean?
1. This is the data section where you include equations/calculations,
figures, photographs, data tables, and graphs of your data if applicable.
2. All tables and graphs should be appropriately titled and labelled and
include units of measurement.
3. Graphs should be properly scaled with the dependent variable on the y
axis and the independent variable on the x-axis.
4. Graphs should take up a whole page of graph paper so they are easy to
5. A caption should be included with any graph and briefly explain what
is in it. (This is not where you analyze the graph!)
VIII. Conclusions
A. What have I learned?
1. Answer the Post-Laboratory Guide Questions (Refer to each individual lab for
specific questions to address in your lab report.)
2. The minimum requirements for a conclusion include:
a. Restate hypothesis and question and state whether hypothesis was
supported by results or not.
b. Infer or explain results by restating your data and giving logical
explanations of these results. Draw conclusions based on the data
obtained through your experiment.
c. List three procedural errors in the experiment and how they could have
affected the results. Describe what you would change if you did the
experiment again.
3. Human errors are not the same as procedural errors.
4. Describe any experiments that are related to this experiment that may be
pursued in the future.

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