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Laboratory Report Format/Template

TITLE: DATE: (the date is when you wrote the lab report NOT when you conducted the experiment) INTRODUCTION: This is where you will provide background information about the lab topic. PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE: The purpose is written in complete sentences. HYPOTHESIS: This is the questions you asked to yourself before the experiment begins. It is a mere of assumption or guess that you predict before conducting these two experiments. It is based on those assumptions that you are performing the experiment. It is to test your hypothesis whether it is TRUE or FALSE. EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS: The materials section includes a numbered list of the items you used to perform the experiment. PROCEDURE: The step-by-step procedure you did while conducting the experiment. DATA: This section includes any qualitative or quantitative data gathered during the experiment. This is where charts, graphs, calculations, formulas, and tables are to be included. Do not analyze your data in this section. ANALYSIS: Any questions that are assigned throughout or at the end of the experiment are included in this section. These questions are to be in complete sentences and in paragraph form. DISCUSSION/CONCLUSION: In the conclusion, you should summarize your experiment and provide a personal reflection. If your hypothesis was incorrect, how could you revise it if you were to do the experiment again? Discuss what you have learned from the lab and how the experiment helped in your understanding of the topic. If your lab did not turn out well, explain what do you think went wrong. Why you got the results that you did, what factors could have contributed to the results i.e. human error, conditions were not ideal etc. If you had to do the lab again, what would you do differently? How could you eliminate some of your error?

REFERENCE: Refer to the examples given. This is the IEEE format in writing such citation/references: 1. One author and was referred from a book. [1] Milne, A.G., Lightning Protection of Distribution Networks, The Electricity Council, London, 1974. 2. Two or more authors and was referred from a journal. [2] Thottappillil, R., Uman, M. A. and Rakov, V.A., Treatment of Retardation Effects in Calculating the Radiated electromagnetic fields from the Lightning Discharge, Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 103 (D8), pp 90039013, 1998. 3. One author and was referred from a site from internet. [3] Holle and Lopez., What is Lightning?, Fl: National Weather Forecast Office, Retrieved July 26, 2009 from http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mlb/?n=what_is_lightning, 2008. Please remember there is NO I, YOU, WE, US, or any other PRONOUN in your report.