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Formal Laboratory Report Format

Lab Reports
Typewritten reports documenting your experimental results. Be sure to clearly label each section! Use complete sentences. Double space your report.

Title Page Objective Introduction Procedure Data Results and Calculations Discussion Conclusion Questions

Title Page

This will identify the experiment, you, the course, your class, your instructor, and the date(s) the experiment was performed. Very important so I can keep track of what you are handing in!

Exploring Gases:
The Determination of the Ideal Gas Constant, Molar Volume and Percent Potassium Chlorate in a Mixture Jane Smith Lab Partner: (if appropriate) AP Physics Ms McCoy September 3, 2007 completed September 17, 2007 turned in


Why are you doing this experiment?

Objective: To experimentally find the ideal gas law constant, R, calculate the percent error in the experimental ideal gas law constant, the molar volume, its percent error, and the percentage

Reference the procedure used and note any deviations from the published procedure. Safety and Waste treatment should be noted

Procedure Write a detailed description of how you completed the experiment.


Insert all data from the experiment. Do not analyze or manipulate the data this section is merely to publish exactly what you found without coming to any conclusions.

Results and Calculations Tabulate data (you

Results and Calculations

Table 1: Decomposition of KClO3 Data
xxx.xx g xx.xx g g g L

may copy and paste the spreadsheet) and any calculated values. Be sure to show sample calculations. (These may be hand written.) For non-numerical labs, summarize the data generated.

Weight of empty test tube assembly Weight of test tube assembly and KClO3/O2 Weight of test tube assembly and residue Weight of O2 liberated Volume of H2O displaced Etc...

Sample Calculation xxx.xxg-xx.xxg=xx.xxg Etc


This is where you get to explain your results and talk about any errors that may have occurred.

Discussion: The value of the ideal gas law constant was found be to 61.2 L torr mol-1 K-1, that is a percent error of 1.9%. This value is very close to the actual value of 62.4 L torr mol-1 K-1. One possible source of error could be that the volume of water in the florence flask and the beaker was not equalized before the


Conclusion This is where The ideal gas law you give the constant was found to final result. This be 61.2 L torr mol-1 K-1 is essentially the with a percent error of punch line-1.9%, the molar volume was found to be 25.3 L mol-1 with a percent error of 12.8%, and the percent


Answer any questions posed in the lab here.