9 Essential Elements of a College Lab Report

Producing a lab report is one of the most important tasks that students assigned during college education. Basically, this report gives a detailed account of the project or experiment conducted in a laboratory. This detailed account expresses the observations of the student along with his/her interpretation of the whole experiment. This gives a fantastic opportunity to professor to determine how effectively the students understood the purpose of conducting the experiment. However, a lab report is not easy to write unless you are aware of its 9 essential elements. You can also call these elements as the layout or format of the report that forms it. Let’s take a brief look at these important lab report components:

1.    Title Page – As the name suggests, this page tells the reader about the title of the assignment or experiment. The title should be concise yet it should describe what the paper is about. Other than the title page it must also contain the name of the student, name of the course, date and name of the institute.

2.    Table of Content – It is the second important component that organizes all the content of the report page number wise. The purpose of this page is to make it convenient for the reader to refer to the desired topic via the page number.

3.    Introduction – As the name says it, this section provides a brief explanation of the purpose of the experiment, its background and the main points covered in the report.

4.    Materials Needed – In this page, the student needs to list down all the equipments or other materials used in the experiment. However, you don’t need to include the amount of the substance used in the experiment. In short, you list everything which is needed for the assignment.

5.    Procedure of the Experiment – This section gives a detailed account of the conducted experiment in a step-by-step method. It should be written in a simple and easy-to-understand language that even the reader could replicate the same experiment. Illustrations such as diagrams can also be used to make the explanation clear to the reader.

6.    Data of the Experiment – In this section graphs can be used to represent the numerical data recorded during the experiment.

7.    Results – As it indicates, this page will present the results emerged from the experiment.

8.    Discussion – Here the writer will expound on the experiment’s result and the concerned findings.

9.    Conclusion – This section will wrap up the report by stating a thorough and succinct summary of the experiment and the findings resulted from it.

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