The Student Lab Report Handbook (Second Edition)

By: John D. Mays


The Student Lab Report Handbook is a concise student resource to help learn how to prepare a premier lab report. Syntax, voice, tense, word choice, technical expression, data analysis and error prediction are all discussed. This book is not specific to any discipline so it can be used with physics, biology, chemistry or any other subject.

Product Description


Virtually all students take laboratory-based science classes in high school. But if students do not write lab reports, they miss a tremendous opportunity for assimilating and learning from the experiment.

Beginning in 9th grade, we recommend that science students produce a formal lab report for each experiment. These reports should be written from scratch on a computer with graphs and charts, not using pre-printed worksheets or with the graph bars already printed for them. Learning to operate programs like MS Word and Excel are vital skills for today’s student. Also, learning how to communicate in a technical paper is a skill that is essential to scientific writing.

One chapter is devoted to instructions for creating graphs in MS Excel and Numbers, the Mac spreadsheet program. We even discuss the more advanced skill of showing error bars on spreadsheets. Four sample reports are also included in the back from various disciplines.

The Student Lab Report Handbook is faith-neutral and suitable for use in any high school and undergraduate college science class.

Sample of a Graded Lab Report 

Additional Information

Weight .34 kg
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × .3 in


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John D. Mays


Novare Science and Math


Spiral bound


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