chemistry Formal Report FOR A-PLUS WRITER

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Laboratory Reports

 Laboratory reports will be considered in two categories. The short report will

include only a brief description of the experiment whereas the long (or formal) report will

include a description that conforms to the standards of American Chemical Society

(ACS) journals (such as the Journal of Physical Chemistry A). Both long and short

reports must contain a complete data analysis and error analysis. While the format of the

short report is not rigid, the elements of the long report are as follows:

1. Title

2. Abstract

a. The abstract is a brief description of the experiment including a) a

statement of what is to be measured, b) the method by which it will be

measured and c) the results of the measurement. Points will be taken off if

the abstract is too long (because it contains extra information that is not

appropriate to include here) or if any of the above information is missing.

3. Introduction

a. Theory and relevance. Make sure you introduce any equations and models

that are used in the analysis of the data.

4. Experimental Section

a. Procedure

b. Data

c. Graphs of Raw Data

5. Results and Discussion

a. Data Analysis and Discussion

i. Tables of results

ii. Graphs of data that require significant calculation

b. Error Analysis and Discussion

6. References

a. Must be complete (refer to all materials used) and cited properly within

the lab report.

Lab reports should be word-processed. Graphs should always be presented no smaller

than half a page, with axes labeled clearly and with proper indication of units.