The work may be ancient history but as an example of recordkeeping this mateiral may be far more effective than general guidelines in delivering the message. Instructions for using your laboratory notebook please read before coming to lab 3. Finally, we will show some examples of what a good lab notebook looks like. Prelab guidelinesexample v2 university of michigan. Example of an acceptable introduction notice the future tense in this experiment. The following is a general description of how to keep a proper laboratory notebook. The laboratory notebook is perhaps the single most important piece of laboratory. Begin learning about matter and building blocks of life with these study guides, lab experiments, and example problems. A laboratory notebook is critical to experimental research. Why is it important to keep a good laboratory notebook. Examples of such phenomena include a molecule changing quantum states, the event horizon of a black hole or anything that otherwise might be impossible or too dangerous to observe under normal laboratory conditions. While formats vary for tables of contents, the important information remains the same.
Guidelines for keeping a laboratory record if you have built a perfect demonstration do not remove all traces of the scaffolding by which you have raised it. Thus, adequate record keeping will be stressed in all chemistry. It is taken from the book, writing the laboratory notebook by howard kanare. In scientific research, the lab notebook is often considered a legal document, such. Guidelines for keeping a laboratory record rice university. Do not copy the words from this example into your notebook some of. Show the primary chemical reactions involved andor structure of.
You see here an example of a table of contents from a lab notebook. Your organic chemistry lab notebook techniques are the kinds expected in. Keeping a complete and accurate record of experimental methods and data is a vital part of science and engineering. Prior to the laboratory experiment, a brief outline of the procedure should be entered into the notebook for use as a guide to the experiment.
Keeping a lab notebook national institutes of health. The date the entry was made, the subject of that entry, and where in the lab notebook that entry can be found. Organizing your lab notebook chemistry lab resources. This video covers the set up, the prelab, the postlab. This video covers the set up, the pre lab, the post lab. A lab book is a real time record of what you do in the lab. Your laboratory notebook is a permanent record of what you did and. This instructable will teach you how to write a simple yet proper lab report for a college level general chemistry lab course.
This should not be the wordforword procedure from the lab. This term may also refer to a lab that uses primarily electronic equipment, for example, a robotics lab. My lab notebook keeps track of all my research experiments and all my failures. A reagent is more than just the name of the chemical or enzyme. In order to complete this lab, you will need access to a microsoft word program. Causey shows you step by step how to set up your laboratory notebook for his class. Organizing your lab notebook here you can find tips about organizing your lab notebook, how to effectively create graphs and table for lab reports, places to locate protocols and property information, and how to properly cite resources. An example of each calculation performed to reach the final. For example, a titration will be done to determine the concentration of acetic acid in vinegar. Organizing your lab notebook chemistry lab resources for chm. For this reason you need to get the balance right between time spent keeping the lab book and time spent actually getting the. Here are examples of a title page and specific notebook entries.645 986 108 1179 1468 74 50 1125 809 1165 1324 808 507 1224 1412 414 1090 1352 916 1465 222 363 1220 696 960 917 737 1261 813 1443 705 1237 1126 622 618 598 744 1469 1478 932 413 1204 1417 1403 596