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CHE 101 - Applied Chemistry

Mike Lawliss

A RUBRIC & SAMPLE LAB REPORT
 SampleLabWriteup.pdf

 Formal Lab Reports must be written within the following format:
RUBRIC:

Heading

Brief Description

 

Total points

Aim

States the purpose of the lab. Why the lab is being performed.

 

5

Introduction

Briefly discusses the concepts or principles of the exercise. 
 - What Scientific Principle ( Law ) will be tested.
 - What Scientific relationship will be shown.
 The Hypothesis should be presented here OR as the Aim if applicable.
 - Hypothesis should include any relationship between variables, should mention the independent variable vs. dependent variable.  
Background knowledge should be presented here, evidence of further research into the topic should be done here.

 

10

 

 

10

 

Methods/ Procedures

Describes in enough detail, using numbered steps, the methods and procedures used in completing the lab exercise.  It should be comprehensive enough for someone to repeat your procedures. 
 - Special attention should be paid to how the independent and the dependant variable were obtained and recorded, and if there are any constants.
 - The treatment of a control should also be mentioned.
This section should NOT contain any recorded results/data from the exercise.

 

25

Results

This is where all gathered data is relayed to the reader. 
It should be presented in a clear manner and explained if necessary. 
 - Tables should be used and these should mirror the relationship between the variables. (typically independent on the left in increasing order)
 - Graphs should also be as detailed, with the independent variable on the x-axis and the dependent variable on the y-axis.
Any calculations should be shown here as well.  These should also be presented clearly and explained. 
 - The source of all numbers used in calculations should be given.
see below for more details on Tables and Graphs

 

25

Discussion

The data, results and procedures will be discussed here.  Explain the relationship of the variables as presented by the data.  Explain any trends in the data that will be used.  You should present the evidence that will support your conclusion. Percent Error should also be included here as well as possible sources of the error. Future treatments to reduce error can be discussed as well.

 

15

Conclusion

States whether the results support your Hypothesis or not, or whether the scientific principle was demonstrated adequately or not.

 

5

Over all Lab 

The report must be typed, neat and stapled.  Works used as reference must be cited**, this includes your textbook.

 

5

**For the APA Style:

   http://www.apastyle.org/fifthchanges.html 

APA Page at CCC

SUNY_RUBRIC

 


 
TABLES
  • Table title is above the table with caption (should include independent and dependent variables)
  • Column headings indicate what is measured
  • Column headings indicate units of measurement
  • Independent variable is in increasing order in left hand column
GRAPHS

 


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