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Hardmans Chemistry 1 Honors Lab Report Guidelines and Rubric

To receive full credit on a formal lab experiment, Honors students must turn in a complete, typed lab
report to the FOCUS Portal. This report must be in complete sentences and have the following sections
and their contents:

1. Heading: the first few line at the top of the page that states the following:
a. Title of experiment: The title says what you did. It should be brief (aim for 10 words or
less) and describe the main point of the experiment or investigation. An example of a
titled would be: Effects of Ultraviolet Light on Borax Crystal Growth Rate. If you can,
begin your title using a keyword rather than an article like The or A
b. Your name and the names of your lab partners
c. Teachers name
d. Date the lab report was submitted

2. Introduction/Purpose:
a. One paragraph that explains the objectives/purpose of the lab (Why did you do the lab?
What are you trying to solve?)
b. In one sentence, state the hypothesis (an educated statement based of the labs
c. Include any background information
d. Briefly summarize how the experiment was performed

3. Materials: List everything needed to complete your experiment (chemicals, equipment). Be

sure to include amounts and units. WRITE IN PARAGRAPH FORM, DO NOT GIVE A

4. Methods: Describe the steps you completed during your investigation. This is your procedure.
Be sufficiently detailed so that anyone could read this section and duplicate your experiment.
Write as if you were giving directions for someone else to do the lab. Be sure it in
PARAGRAPH FORM, NOT BULLET POINTS. Include diagrams of the equipment used or
the set-up (this can be cell phone pictures of lab set-up; pictures before, during, and after
of the procedure, etc.)

5. Data: Qualitative and Quantitative observations should be presented in a table just the facts,
not opinions! (Most likely this will come from the questions and data tables and
calculations within the lab.)

6. Results
a. Describe what the data means
b. Present any quantitative data in a graph to show a relationship
i. Must have titles
ii. Labeled axes with proper units
7. Conclusions
a. Your conclusion is a single paragraph that sums up what happened in the experiment,
whether your hypothesis was accepted or rejected, and what this means.
Honors Chemistry Lab Report Rubric
Far Below Expectations (0 points) Below Expectations (2 points) Meets/Exceeds Expectations (5 points)
Neatness and The lab report fails to meet two or more of The lab report fails to meet one of the 1. The lab is typed
Organization the expectations for neatness and expectations for neatness and organization 2. The lab sections are in the correct
organization. order
3. Uses complete sentences and not
bullet points
4. No more than three
spelling/grammatical errors
Heading (Title, The title is missing. The lab report fails to meet one of the 1. the Title is present and descriptive of
Names, etc.) expectations for the heading the lab
2. Date of submission is present
3. Your name and the names of your lab
partners are present
4. The name of your teacher is present.
Introduction/ Purpose is missing or is only loosely related The purpose addresses the procedural aspects of 1. Purpose accurately describes the
Purpose to the lab being performed. Hypothesis is the lab, but does not accurately summarize the theory that is intended to be
missing. theoretical foundation of the experiment. reinforced by performing the lab
Hypothesis is not explained in terms of 2. Hypothesis is 1 sentence long and
background information. includes why that standpoint was
Materials Materials list is missing. Materials list is missing one or more elements Materials list is complete including all
apparatus, chemicals and tools.
Methods Procedure is missing altogether, or missing Procedure is mostly copied directly from the lab Procedure is a brief summary of each of
important steps. description, with little attention to brevity or not the steps taken in completing the lab. It is
in complete sentences. NOT an exhaustive description containing
minute detail.
Data The student has recorded data after The lab report fails to meet either expectation 2 1. Data is recorded into a lab book or
completion of the lab, or fails to meet or 3 of the Data section. worksheet during experimentation.
BOTH expectations 2 and 3 of the Data 2. Data is neatly organized (in tables if
section. appropriate) and is easy to interpret
3. All data uses the correct units.
Results/ Conclusion is missing or is in conflict with Conclusion is present and does not conflict with The conclusion succinctly describes what
Conclusion the students experimental results. Graphs the students experimental findings, but fails to can be concluded from the experimental
are not properly labeled or described. address the theoretical basis for the lab or is not results. It is aligned with a well-written
properly supported with evidence. Graphs and statement of purpose at the beginning of
tables are properly labeled, but not described. the lab. It is supported with evidence.
Graphs and tables are properly labeled and