Lab report format for physics and AP physics:

General information:
- Make sure to include your name, period, and date.
- Lab reports are preferably typed, however they will be accepted if NEATLY written in pen.

- Include a title, which accurately describes what is being tested.
- The title does not include the entire procedure.

- What is being replicated, modeled, or demonstrated in this lab?
- Which physics laws or theories are being demonstrated or put to the test in this lab?
- Why are we doing this lab?
- Between which two quantities are you looking to determine the relationship?

- The hypothesis often takes the form of an algebraic relation AND graphical relationship.
- What do you propose will happen?

- You design the experiment.
- The method outline (Using complete sentences) must be complete enough so that a person who did not witness your experiment could replicate it exactly.
- Include diagrams when needed.
- All materials used must be correctly named and listed.

- Data should organized, labeled, measured correctly, and with all units correctly shown.
- Data is all the information collected during the experiment
- Any manipulation of this data such as calculations does not belong in the data section
- Make sure you have a set of at least 8 data points with the largest value being at least 10 times that of the smallest value.

- Any manipulation of this data such as calculations or graphs is a result.
- Graphs must be on graph paper or on computer generated graphs.
- Gridlines on both x and y axes must be shown
- Axes must be labeled (units included as well)
- Data points must be shown
- Calculations must include all formulas used, show correct units, and have the appropriate number of sig figs.

- Your conclusion should indicate the relationship of your results to your original problem, clearly indicate whether your problem was solved or not, and whether your hypothesis (both algebraic and graphical!) was proven correct or incorrect. Suggest any possible sources of error. Include the percent difference between your experimental and hypothetical values.