Written Work Guidelines

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Open Response - Problem Solving - Lab Reports


General Guidelines for Open-Response Questions

You are encouraged to use the detailed “Scoring Rubric for Open Response Questions” guide during the tests.

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Open Response - Problem Solving - Lab Reports


The Required Problem Solving Format

  1. Read the problem (underline key information.)

  2. List the knowns and unknowns (in a table or diagram.)

  3. Write an equation in the most familiar form.

  4. Rearrange the equation solving for the unknown variable.

  5. Substitute in the numbers and units.

  6. Solve and include units in the answer (draw a box around the answer.)

Open Response - Problem Solving - Lab Reports


Guidelines for Lab Reports

Title - Be descriptive. A title like "The Motion of a Pendulum" says much more than a title like "Lab 11".

Date - Use the date that the lab was done, not the date when it was passed in.

Lab Partner(s)

Hypothesis - Your specific predictions about what will happen during the lab.

Materials - List all equipment that was actually used during the lab. Include sizes and amounts. Note any modifications.

Procedure - A brief summary of what you did. Simplify, and write in the past tense. Make reference to where detailed procedures may be found. Note any modifications.

Observations - List your observations in complete sentences. Include data tables, graphs, and diagrams as appropriate. Label everything and include units.

Conclusion - State the outcome of the experiment. Did your hypothesis prove to be correct? Why or why not?

Analysis - How accurate do your feel your results are? What could have caused error in your results? What changes might you make if you were to do the experiment again?

Post-lab - Include any assigned text questions or extensions.

Printable: Guidelines for Lab Reports.pdf

Open Response - Problem Solving - Lab Reports