How to write an example lab report

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How to write an example lab report
Compose a lab report using the scientific method. (business report image by Christopher Hall from

Lab reports are important to provide a framework to analyse, describe and report findings of experiments. Writing the lab report reveals the knowledge gained on the completed lab experiment. When composing an example lab report, you follow a structured format. The lab report format is essential to document the purpose, methods and outcomes of your experiment. The following process will teach you a simple method to write a lab report.

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  1. 1

    Prepare the lab cover page. Write the report title. Summarise the title to state the main idea of the lab experiment.

  2. 2

    Create the introductory paragraph. Compose an explanation of the purpose of the experiment. Include background details on the topic.

  3. 3

    Compose the hypothesis. Provide an educated guess on the expected outcome of the experiment. Write details on the reasons why expected results will occur.

  4. 4

    Record a list of the materials that will be used in the experiment.

  5. 5

    Detail the lab experiment procedure. Provide detailed step-by-step instructions of the experiment. Write enough detail to allow the experiment to be replicated.

  6. 6

    Compose the results section of the report. Record the data collected from the experiment. List the results and explain if the results match the hypothesis.

  7. 7

    Prepare the lab summary. Write out the conclusion focusing on relative results. Explain whether or not the hypothesis was correct or incorrect.

Tips and warnings

  • Follow the guidelines provided by the instructor.
  • Enhance the lab report with graphics and images.
  • Create an observations section to record and note mistakes that were made while conducting the experiment.

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