When scientists do an experiment, it is important that they keep a complete and accurate record of how they did their experiment, what their results were, and what conclusions were formed from these results. In order to do this, they write up a lab report. While you are studying science at Bonney Lake High School, there will be occasions when it will be required that you write up a lab report. The general format and descriptions of sections for writing a laboratory report is different depending on the type of investigation you perform. The two main types of labs we will be dooing in this class include DISCOVERY and INQUIRY and the format for each can be found by clicking on the respective link or scrolling down below.
-Answer pre-lab questions to access what you already know
-Draw labeled pictures for each procedural step you perform
-Include all materials and amounts in drawing
-Quantitative data recorded in labeled data table
*Include Title, all columns labeled, all units and all data
*Indicate What happened and When it happened
*At least 3 in a bulleted list
*Record anything that goes wrong during the experiment as you are investigating
-Revisit Pre-Lab Questions
*How does what you learned through your testing support/modify/extend your prior answer to these questions?
*Describe any events that occurred that may have affected the data collected
-Possible Effects of Errors
*Describe how the error or unusual events actually affected the data
*Describe how to improve the experiment for the observer/reader
-Explanation of Scientific Theory/Real World Application
*What larger scientific concept does your investigation contribute to? OR
*What real world application can be gained from this experiment?
*What is a new testable question that you have based on this discovery experiment?
Research Question/Problem Statement