Writing A Chemistry Lab Report.

How to Write A Chemistry Lab Report Effectively.

A lab report is meant to explain your experiment, that is, the methodology used, the findings you made, and the results that you eventually noted. It also allows you to explain what you learned in the process. All laboratory courses often require you to have lap reports, which becomes an essential part of determining your grades. Just like any other school report, the most crucial guideline is your instructor. Your instructor's rules and regulations will be what you will use more than any other guideline. With your instructor's guidelines, it is easy to execute what you need in your lab report. The following, however, are among the chemistry lab essentials; 

  1. Heading. 
  2. Title
  3. Introduction
  4. Materials
  5. Procedure
  6. Reliable information
  7. Findings
  8. conclusion

The heading is always located on the title page of your experiment. It is not always that you have a title page but when required by your instructor, ensure that your title page has your name, instructor’s name, the title of your project/ experiment, and date of submission of the report/ or the date of performing the lab experiment. 

The title is an explanation of what your experiment is about. You are explaining what you have done. This should be brief and precise. Make it just 1 paragraph. An example of your title can be; Effects of Sulphuric Acid.

The introduction is the best part of any report because you tend to explain a little bit about your work drawing in your reader into the bigger picture. In this case, you will demonstrate your experiment's purpose and what you intend to achieve with the said experiment. As you state the purpose of your experiment, do not forget to state your hypotheses. This is your prediction of the outcome of the study and the experiment. State it at this stage of the introduction to prepare your instructor and reader to be observant of that hypothesis.  

For the materials, you must have made a list of the things required to complete the experiment successfully. Ensure that all of them are available in the school lab to ensure purchase before the actual day of doing the lab test. 

The procedure is a step-by-step guide for the method used to arrive at the results you got. This procedure should be written and precise that following it through will be accessible even by another person who may not be you. Where you have diagrams, include them to make them easier to follow and understand.

Factual information is the data collected during the experiment. This is the observations that you made before, during, and after the lab experiment. It, therefore, makes it easier to lead you to your hypothesis and your results. More often than not, the data is usually in numerical form and a table.

Conclusions in chemistry lab reports are usually brief and precise. Mostly one paragraph and a few words. This is because you are giving concise information on what happened in the experiment and if you could achieve your hypotheses.