In this lesson, students learn how to put the parts of a formal lab write up together.
By the end of this lesson, students should be able to
- Write a formal lab write up.
This lesson supports students’ understanding of
- Writing in chemistry
Teacher Preparation: No time
Lesson: depends on the lab
Safety precautions for the individual lab experiment should be observed.
- Having students familiarize themselves with this format expedites teacher grading.
For the Student
How To Write a Formal Lab Report
- Contains supporting information (from research or class notes) that will lead to an educated guess as to what should occur in the data.
- Contains definitions of vocabulary or applicable laws
Clearly states why you are doing the lab investigation
May be a statement of what you expect to occur OR may be a prediction of results OR may be a starting point for experimentation.
- Bulleted or numbered list of what was done
- Written in third person (Heat for 10 minutes vs. I heated the sample)
- Should not contain data
- Should be specific enough to be replicated but not too intricate
- obtain materials
- heat chemical in hot water bath
- record data every 30 seconds
- Should be a chart of results
- May be after the procedure or may be next to the procedure, as long as it is somehow separated
- Must refer to the Hypothesis
- Must answer the purpose of the lab
- May contain graphs or diagrams
- May contain narrative of results
- Must contain at least three items that may have affected data
- Should be procedural (Age of chemicals may cause a slow reaction)
- Should not be personal (My lab partner spilled......)