Suggested Format for Lab Reports .......... to Prof Wade's Main Webinfo Page ......... rev. 7/19/04
A lab report should be written so that anyone (with a reasonable familiarity
with the general subject) could read your report and understand exactly
what you did and why you were doing it.
The report should include the following sections:
Do not include your "social security number" or "table #". The information
on lines after "Instructor:" may also be left blank. All the rest
of the information must be filled in. You may substitute a page you have
typed in a word processor for the standard cover page as long as it has
the same information in approximately the same place on the page.
Include the purpose for doing the experiment and any theory behind
Include model number and serial number of all equipment used. If
you used a simulation program, include the name and version number of the
program. (In your report be sure to make it clear what data was taken using
components, what was simulated, and what was calculated.)
Method, Results and Explanation: (may be combined all in one or split up,
as you wish)
This is the main section of the report
- The procedure you followed;
For all electronic circuits: how you wired the circuit; what
voltages or signals were applied and where. What voltages or other parameters
were measured and how they were measured. Complete circuit diagrams
must be included (including pin numbers of IC’s).
For procedures involving microprocessors: What programs were
run for each part, what the organization behind the way you wrote the program
was and (as appropriate) what each program step does. Commented
print outs of all programs must be included showing both mnemonics
and the corresponding machine code (".LST" files).
The results you got from your measurements: Present your data in a neat,
organized fashion. Be sure to clearly identify which data goes with which
experimental procedure. If any calculations were performed on the rough
data, explain clearly what was done including detailed sample calculations.
For microprocessors what the data in the registers and/or memory
was that showed that the program ran as you expected. If print outs
of memory or registers are included, indicate the significance of the various
The theoretical results you expected. Also how you got those theoretical
results -- show calculations. (You may want to present theoretical
results as part of the same table with the experimental results.) Be
sure you clearly indicate which results are experimental and which are
Whether the results and theory agreed; if not, some possible explanations
(in accordance with theory) of why they don't.
Any other observations based on the data. In the discussion of the data
is a good place to include the answers to any questions that are asked
in the lab sheet.
Rough Data: (goes at end).
Attach the signed rough data from the experiment (unless your data
was very neat and was used as part of the previous section).
Printed experiment sheets: (attached at the end of the report).
You may reference these pages but they may not entirely replace
Web resource listing:
Be sure you have answered all of the questions that are asked on the lab
sheets. Those questions are designed to help you cover the most relevant
points in your discussion of the data. They are to be answered as an integral
part of your write up; there should not be a section of "answers
to questions". In all cases the question should be answered as part of
a narrative which includes the question asked, not just "yes" or "no".
READ YOUR REPORT after you have written it. Make sure it makes sense! And
make sure it does what was said in the first sentence on this page.
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