Although engineering and science students are frequently required to write laboratory reports, there is little printed information available about how to write such reports. Furthermore, every discipline, every course, and every professor seems to require a different format and style, and different kinds of laboratory experiments are often reported in different ways. Hence, it is impossible for this handout to describe one right way to compose a lab report.
Laboratory reports are specific experiments that students are asked to perform to increase their scientific knowledge or understanding of the scientific method. Experiments are often performed in pairs or groups with a central premise or question to be explored. Students are given definitions or laws and perform simple experiments to demonstrate these known scientific principles and laws. The document structure for a laboratory report is in specific sections designed to mimic the scientific method: objective, materials, methods, results and discussion.
"Psychology Mirror tracing Lab report"
Here’s a paradox for you. The Results section is often both the shortest (yay!) and most important (uh-oh!) part of your report. Your Materials and Methods section shows how you obtained the results, and your Discussion section explores the significance of the results, so clearly the Results section forms the backbone of the lab report. This section provides the most critical information about your experiment: the data that allow you to discuss how your hypothesis was or wasn’t supported. But it doesn’t provide anything else, which explains why this section is generally shorter than the others.