Assignment-Lab Notebook Format 2008

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					                                  Assignment Notebook Format - Chemistry

Assignment and Lab Notebook Purpose
        Organization is one of the best keys to success. Your assignment/lab notebook will enable you to stay
organized in chemistry. Throughout this course you will receive many homework assignments, tests, labs,
ect…keeping them together will help you a great deal. At the end of the six weeks you will take an
assignment/lab notebook test! (If you complete and keep all of your papers this should be an easy 100 test

Organization of Assignment Notebook:
       You will keep all of your papers, labs, lab reports, homework, notes, tests, ect… in a 3 ring binder. The
binder will be broken into 4 sections; tabbed dividers will separate these sections. Below is how your notebook
should be organized.

Section 1: Class Notes/Handouts
       The first divider of your binder should be titled Class Notes. You will place all of your class notes and
any informational handout you receive behind this divider. Find the handout titled Course Description,
Syllabus, & Basic Policies and label it Class Notes #, place it in your Class Notes section. Find your
Equipment Description Sheet, label it Class Notes #2. Label this handout (Assignment Notebook Format)
Class Notes #3.

Section 2: Labs/Lab Reports
        The second divider of your binder should be titled Labs. You need to place 100 sheets of loose graph
paper behind this divider. This will be your lab notebook. In this section you will keep all lab handouts and lab
reports. Later we will cover how to set-up your lab notebook and how to properly write a lab report.

Section 3: Daily Graded Work
       The third divider of your binder should be titled Daily Graded Work. Behind this divider you should
keep ALL daily graded work. This includes all homework, quizzes, worksheets, and in class work.

Section 4: Graded Tests
The forth divider of your binder should be titled Graded Tests. When a test is graded and returned to you,
place it in this section of your notebook. The final exams at the end of each semester will be questions from
these old tests!

Lab Notebook Purpose
         Your lab notebook will be kept as part of your assignment notebook in order to allow me to grade and
return labs quicker. The purpose of assigning and grading laboratory notebooks is threefold- to develop and
improve organizational skills, maintain a record of course work to give one an overall view of laboratory
investigations and results, and practice the way that scientists study, document, and analyze their experimental
                                       Lab Notebook Format - Chemistry
Lab Reports
You will be required to write a lab report for most of the labs completed in chemistry. You will need to
complete these lab reports in your lab journal. Instructions on how to write a lab report follows.

Lab Report Outline
When writing a lab report you will be required to follow a specific format or outline. The format will be as

Only write on the front of each sheet of paper and all labs need to be written in black or blue pen.

Your Name, Title of Lab, & Date (2-5pts)

Prelab Questions: Copy down and answer these questions BEFORE you begin your lab. Some labs will not
have any prelab questions. (5-10pts/question)

I. Purpose: State the purpose or objectives of the lab. (5-10pts) Example: The purpose of the lab is to use water
displacement to calculate the density of various objects.

II. Hypothesis (5-10 pts): Predict the answer to the problem (ex. If…. then….statement)

III. Safety Precautions: State all of the safety precautions. HIGHLIGHT OR USE RED INK!! (5-6pts)

IV. Materials (2-5pts)

V. Procedures (5-10pts)

VII. Data & Calculations: Data should always be in a TABLE FORMAT. All calculations must be shown
(some labs will not have any calculations). (20-50pts)

                                              Cube #         Mass         Volume         Calculated Density
                                                1            3.5g         5.0mL              0.70 g/mL
                         Example:               2            4.1g         5.0mL              0.82 g/mL
                                                3            2.8g         5.1mL              0.55 g/mL

VIII. Conclusion Questions: Copy down and answer these questions AFTER you have completed the lab.

VIIII. Conclusion Statement (5 to 8 sentences): This is a statement you will write at the end of every lab
stating exactly what you learned from the lab. This should NOT be you restating the purpose. This should be a
unique statement from YOUR head! Also include how the lab relates to and supports what you learned during
the lecture. Make sure your statement includes (and properly use) 3-4 vocabulary terms you learned during the
unit. It is imperative that all scientists use proper grammar and spelling in order for their ideas and work to be
taken seriously. Make sure your final statement is free of any grammatical or spelling errors. At the end of
every statement you need to state three possible sources of error. (10-20pts)
       Example: In class on Tuesday I learned that density is the amount of mass in a given volume (D=m/V). During the lab I had
       to determine the mass, using a balance, of three different cubes. I then used water displacement to determine the volume of
       the cubes. By examining my data you can see that all three cubes had approximately the same volume, but different masses.
       I then calculated the density of each cube and realized that even though all the cubes look the same, their densities differ
       because of their mass.
       Sources of error could include incorrect reading of the graduated cylinder, time restrains (I was only able to determine the
       mass and volume of each cube once), and incorrectly reading the procedures.

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