Lab Report Checklist (Physics, use this for scoring)
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Physics Lab Report ChecklistLink to Lab Report
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Lab:
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NameEarnedOut OfLink to MSMHS Rubric 4
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Lab Format
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The lab report is submitted as a Google Doc (not a Word Doc uploaded to Google Drive).
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Heading/Title
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1Includes Your Name, Partners' Names, Lab Title, Date Performed, & Period
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1Includes a proper title (i.e. "The relationship between [dependent variable] and [independent variable"]
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1The Google Doc file name includes the name of the lab and your name
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Introduction
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4Includes the problem statement or research question- this is the question attempting to be answered by completing this investigation.
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2Background information on the topic (evidence from earlier research, or explanation of what led to this investigation, or description of relevant information, etc.)
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4Clearly identify your independent & dependent variables.
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4A hypothesis. State the hypothesis in "If...then...because..." form.
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4The hypothesis predicts the /type/ of relationship between variables (from the mathematical relationships sheet).
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4An explanation of your hypothesis, including references and relevant concepts as needed.
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Methods
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2The methods are written in paragraph form (not a numbered list).
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4Includes a clear and concise description of what was actually done in the lab, as well as how it was done (include any measurements that were made, describe what and how any tools & equipment were used).
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4A clear, understandable diagram of the experimental setup (labeled pictures are ideal)
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2The diagram has a formal title (i.e. Figure 1: Diagram of the experimental setup)
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2Show and label all objects in your diagram, including quantities measured, and definitions for any symbols or letters
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Measured Data
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4Table of measurements with appropriate title (i.e. Table 1: Avg. number of marbles held vs. number of pasta strands)
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2Data presented in a clear, logical, easy-to-read format.
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2Correct column headings with units.
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4Measurements are recorded with proper precision & include uncertainties in measurements.
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2Measurements are correct and complete.
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2Ideal number and range of trials.
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Graphs
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0Use LinReg for graphs, unless otherwise specified.
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2Include estimates for uncertainty in measurements.
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4Data has been properly linearized (when necessary).
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2Inserts screenshots of both unlinearized and linearized graphs.
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2Graphs have an appropriate title (i.e. Figure 1: Number of marbles held vs. number of spaghetti noodles)
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2Independent and dependent variables on appropriate axes, and both axes are labeled and include units.
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4Origin is shown.
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Graphical Analysis
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4Mathematical models correctly written using the independent & dependent variables (not "x" or "y").
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2Mathematical model is added using an equation editor.
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2Units for slope, interecept, and/or constants are included in the mathematical models.
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Discussion
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8Make a specific claim about what the results of the experiment tell you about the relationship between the variables being observed.
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8Support the claim with specific evidence (data) from the results, using reasoning to explain why the results support your claim.
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8Explain the meaning of the slope and intercept, relating them to the experiment.
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8Compare the results to your classmates' results. How are they similar or different? What does this tell you about the variables being observed?
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4Discuss limitations of the model- what are situations where the model might no longer work?
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4Identify possible sources of uncertainty in your measurements and/or results.
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4Evaluate how the identified uncertainties might affect the results, if at all.
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8Suggest ways your procedure might be changed to minimize the uncertainties in measurement or their effect on the results.
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Lab Report Convetions & Writer's Attention to Detail
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4Grammar, tone, and flow of the writing is excellent throughout and appropriate for a formal lab report.
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43rd person is used throughout the lab report
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4Lab report is properly formatted with labeled sections, properly aligned tables and figures, and works cited pages (as needed).
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