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Running Head: WRITING A FORMAL LAB REPORT Writing a Formal Lab Report Using APA Format Michael Betco AP Physics 1 ChangZhou Senior High School of Jiangsu Province 1 WRITING A FORMAL LAB REPORT 2 Abstract WRITING A FORMAL LAB REPORT 3 Writing a Formal Lab Report Using APA Format This introduction is also often referred to as the ‘purpose’ or ‘plan’ section. It should include two main categories: Purpose (or Objective) This part of the experiment expressed clearly in only one or two sentences, including the main method used to accomplish the purpose. Ex: The purpose of the experiment was to determine the percentage by mass of acetic acid in vinegar using acid/base titration. The purpose is also sometimes written as a separate…show more content…
A small difference would indicate that the percentage calculated was very close to the actual percentage and the purpose was accomplished. If the purpose was not achieved, prove this by the results in a similar fashion. Relate the results to those of other, similar experiments. Depending on the nature of the experiment and the instructor’s preferences, you may want to compare your results to those of the rest of the class. If your results were similar to the others’, this can be an indication that they were reasonably accurate. If they were very different, explain why they may have been different. Conclusion This section includes only one or two sentences that summarize definitive conclusions from the results. Here is an example of a conclusion for the acetic acid experiment used in earlier examples: WRITING A FORMAL LAB REPORT 7 From a comparison of the results of the experimental calculations with the normal value for percent acetic acid in vinegar, it can be concluded that the percentage of acetic acid in the sample used in this experiment was about 4.982%. Notice how the conclusion relates directly to the main objective of finding the percentage of acetic acid in the given sample of vinegar. The conclusion also justifies itself based on the results; the actual
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