FULL LAB REPORT CHECKLIST Name_________________________
(turn in with lab report) Period_____
____INTRODUCTION (5 pts)
____Problem & Question are defined clearly
____Hypothesis includes variables and a logical, cause and effect reason
____Thorough explanation linking your experiment to your model of atoms in a reaction
____PROCEDURE (5 pts)
____Materials list, including measuring devices, is specific and detailed enough to duplicate results.
____Effective test of hypothesis, using controls and repeated trials
____Numbered logical steps, including recording of data
____Enough detail so that another student could repeat experiment
____Directions followed correctly and match up with results
____DATA (5 pts)
____Organized into neat, clear table (lines, columns and rows)
____Table has title that shows meaning of data
____Variables (length, time, etc.) and units (cm, sec, etc.) labeled on columns and rows
____Data (numbers, observations, drawings) recorded or calculated correctly
____Average and uncertainty calculation shown and included in tables.
____CONCLUSIONS (10 pts)
____Restatement of question and hypothesis.
____Logical explanation of what the data show about the question and hypothesis.
____Supporting details from the data. If numbers, include the highest and lowest and averages.
____At least two possible sources of uncertainty or error that might affect the conclusions.
____ DISCUSSION (5 pts)
____ Gives a thorough and accurate explanation of WHY the reaction time changed based upon
your reading of pages 212-215.
____ Describes plausible (based upon your current data…not randomly made up) methods to
improve your experimental design in order for you to obtain better future results .
____ GENERAL (5 pts)
____ Less than 3 spelling errors
____ All sections are underlined and clearly separate and correctly ordered.
____ Font is reasonably sized (12 pt font Times New Roman).
____ Grammar does not impede the readers understanding.
____ Reasonable number of significant figures reported
____ ABSTRACT (5 pts)
____ Problem & Question are clearly defined.
____ Briefly describes experimental method and data gathering methods.
____ Findings & numerical results are clearly summarized.
____ TOTAL SCORE (40 pts)
The following rubric indicates the three standards/levels of performance for the four questions in the
conclusion section of the lab report checklist. While writing to the criteria listed in the meeting
standard column will earn you full credit, you should aim to meet the standards described in the
exceeding standard column because this will help to ensure that you are on the right track. While a
conclusion does not necessarily have a specified length, your written conclusions should FULLY answer
the question and leave little doubt in Mr. Matthews’ mind about whether you understood the lab and
how the data informed your learning.
Does Not Meet Meets Standard “√” Exceeds Standard “+”
Standard “-“ (extra credit)
Restatement of Either does not include Includes all variables
question and variables or is not and is logical. Not Applicable.
hypothesis logical or pertain to the
Logical explanation of Explanation does not Complete explanation Explains unique and
what the data show discuss all significant of what significant significant trends in the
about the question and data or findings dealing collected data indicate data and clearly
hypothesis with the question – or about the question or explains the
instead discusses hypothesis – clearly significance of outlier
illogical or random facts links experimental data and the process of
from the experiment. results to the question. analyzing this data.
Supporting details Details or data included Explicitly includes Cites all significant data
from the data. If either do not relate to significant numerical and applies a correct
numbers, include the the question or data and/or observed outside understanding
highest and lowest. hypothesis or are data/trends including of statistical analysis in
improperly used or highs/lows and order to help answer the
calculated such that averages and clearly question or hypothesis
results do not make links the data to more clearly than
sense. explanation of without this analysis.
question or hypothesis.
At least two possible Either includes only one Includes two relevant Includes more than two
sources of uncertainty source or error or sources of error or relevant sources of
or error that might mentions irrelevant or uncertainty and error, links to impact on
affect the conclusions. made-up sources of clearly links these results/conclusions and
error and does not link errors with the impact thoroughly explains the
the error(s) to its affect it had on reasoning behind the
on results/conclusions. results/conclusions. error analysis and its
impact on results.
Answer(s) to the Answer indicates some Answer indicates a Answer indicates
discussion question(s) general or basic good understanding of unique thoughtfulness
understanding of the the concept or about the question and
concept or principles at principles at work and aptly applies sufficient
work and uses only explicitly (written) and significant data to
some data or uses sufficient and support the answer as
insignificant data to significant data to well as outside sources
support the answer. support the answer. of evidence/learning.