Nearly every science class with a lab component will have the requirement for students to write laboratory reports.
These are not assigned to keep students busy. In fact, the process of writing lab reports will be something that nearly every scientist (in every field) will use constantly throughout their academic and professional field.
Lab reports generally follow the same process and have nearly the same content categories. Variations usually occur due to teacher/professor requirements, or specific scientific fields.
Guidance can usually be found in the form of a set of instructions and/or a grading rubric from your teacher/professor. In the case of professional laboratories, there is usually a set of instructions detailing reporting requirements.
The general format outline usually is as follows:
IV. Methods / Procedure
b) Diagram of Lab Setup
c) Steps Taken
V. Results / Data
a) Data Tables
VI. Discussion / Analysis
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