Synthesis of Information Data and Calculations Use of Supporting Details Application of information
Structure and Terminology
Writing is enhanced through Purpose of investigation is All appropriate data collected Pertinent data from the lab is Appropriate real world
the use of accurate scientific clearly identified and stated used to support statements applications are described
terminology to explain Data is well organized and
concepts Abstract is concise & neatly displayed, including Data that does not support Similar phenomena are
pertinent graphs conclusion is explained described
Report is free of spelling and
4 grammar mistakes Discussion relates to purpose Appropriate statistical Sources of error are Suggestions for improvement
analysis techniques are explained of lab are included
Materials and methods are Data, observations, and prior applied accurately
listed in proper format scientific knowledge are Acknowledgements/
incorporated into a References complete and
reasonable conclusion correct
Terminology is mostly Purpose may be unclear Most appropriate data Some supporting data is used Some mention of real world
accurate and is used to collected applications
explain concepts Abstract incomplete or Sources of error are
inaccurate Data is organized with only mentioned Suggestions for lab
Some spelling and minor inaccuracies improvement listed
3 grammatical errors Discussion may not relate to
purpose or hypothesis Appropriate statistical Acknowledgements/
Some errors in materials and analysis is used but references incomplete or
methods Discussion has some incompletely or incorrectly incorrect format
connection with data or
Limited scientific terminology Purpose is misstated Data is poorly collected and Supporting data is incomplete Incomplete mention of real
is used to explain concepts poorly organized or has errors world applications
Abstract irrelevant or
Spelling or grammar is poor misstated Statistical analysis is limited Sources of error are not Lab improvement
2 or inappropriate for data mentioned suggestions missing
Major errors in materials and Discussion is minimally
methods connected with data and Acknowledgements/
observations references irrelevant
Little or no scientific Purpose is missing Data and calculations are Conclusions are not Real world applications
terminology is used to explain inappropriate supported by data missing or irrelevant
concepts Abstract missing
No statistical analysis is Sources of error are not Acknowledgements/
Spelling and grammar Discussion is wrong or evident mentioned references missing
1 mistakes interfere with the unrelated to data and
Materials and methods
No scientific terminology is Discussion is missing Data and calculations are Supporting data is missing No understanding of the
0 used missing problem is demonstrated
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4 - Full and complete understanding of the problem
All questions are answered accurately
- Answers should be in complete sentences and be based on the observations and
procedures of the lab.
All appropriate data is collected, well organized in a data table, and is neatly displayed.
- Well organized and neatly displayed should not need an explanation. Do not turn in
a data table that is difficult to read or has cross-outs.
- Graphs should be on graph paper and follow good graphing technique, including
labels, units, title, and a best fit line.
Sample calculations are shown for each type of problem.
- Include the formula used, substitution of numbers, and final answer with units.
- Only one sample is needed for each different type of calculation.
The purpose of the lab investigation is clearly stated.
- The purpose should be a clear statement of why we are doing the lab and what we
are trying to find out.
Conclusion relates to the purpose
- If you have a statement of what you are trying to find out, then your conclusion
should address that topic.
Data, observations, and prior scientific knowledge are incorporated to form a reasonable
conclusion about the purpose.
- Conclusion should be a well written essay that combines all the available
information to explain what we found out in the lab investigation
- Response should reflect thought about what we know to be true, what we have
measured, and what we have observed.
The response is enhanced through the use of accurate scientific terminology to explain
- Scientific terminology should not be used just for the sake of using it, but should be
used to clarify your explanation of a scientific concept
Response is free of spelling and grammar mistakes
- Response should have complete sentences that express a complete thought.
- Response should not have run on sentences that never seem to end because that
would be bad and because I would have to mark off and then I would not be very
happy and neither would you, and I do not want your parents to get mad at me.
Pertinent data from the lab should be used to support statements made in your conclusion.
- Just repeating a list of data in a conclusion is meaningless, but when used to
specifically support a statement makes the difference between a convincing
argument and simple opinion.
- A simple formula is – make a statement about the lab, support that statement with
data, then make another statement and support that statement with data.
Data that does not support your well thought out conclusions should be explained, not ignored.
- Explain some possible sources of error that could have led to any data that you
believe to be misleading.
- Do not just list the errors, but explain where they exist in the lab and describe what
effect they may have had on your data.
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