Lab Reports: Prinicples of Structural Chemistry
*This guide for writing lab reports for
Principles of Structural Chemistry, the introductory chemistry course at
Coe College, was written by Sarah Brunker, a former Writing Center
consultant in fulfillment of an assignment for Topics in Composition, the
Writing Center staff development course.
One of the great things about lab reports for Principles of Structural
Chemistry is the availability of so many sources for gathering information.
At the beginning of the year, students are handed a packet outlining the
proper format for a lab report. These sheets are priceless. Keep them
guarded in a Chemistry folder. There are also many internet sources that
can provide essential element to a good report. F or example, if you need
to know properties of solutions to identify unknowns, you can go to Steve
Singleton's homepage and click on the Links section, where you will
find a plethora of connections to obtain chemical properties. And these
links actually work, so you don't have to search the internet trying to
find MSDS (Material Safety and Data Sheet) and then realize you don't
know how to navigate the site. There is also The ACS Style Guide: A Manual
for Authors and Editors, which is available in the library, bookstore,
and the writing center. Both Steve Singleton and Susan Noreuil encourage
students to revise their lab reports before turning them in. One of their
pet peeves is reading thought a lab report that obviously hasn't been
carefully edited. The same basic grammar and organization rules apply
to bad reports.
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