For each of the six experiments, a summary report will be due approximately two weeks after the completion of the experiment. The due dates for the individual lab reports are indicated on the Laboratory Schedule
. This report will include:
- All of the data collected in the lab, including computer files.
- Data analysis, as specified in the lab manual
- A problem set for each experiment, in the lab manual.
- For experiments 3, 4 and 5, molecular modeling files.
The reports are to be created within LabArchives and will be submitted electronically as a pdf file.
A common question is whether or not the lab reports should include sections such as an introduction, methods, results or discussion. The answer is NO! Only the elements listed above are required.
Reports turned in up to 1 day late will be accepted with a 10-point penalty. Reports turned in up to 7 days late will be accepted with a 20-point penalty. Reports will not be accepted after 7 days beyond the due date.
Although you will be working in groups of three in the laboratory, and you should share responsibility for recording data in the lab, each of you is responsible for preparing your own reports. You may certainly consult the instructor, the TAs or other students as you work. But, the actual work handed in (other than the primary lab data) must be your own. Any, data analysis files, molecular modeling files and text must be clearly distinguishable from that of other students. Other sources must be properly cited. Text from other sources must be clearly identified by quotation marks. Furthermore, extensive quotations, even with proper citation, will not be considered satisfactory answers to questions. Copying and pasting does not demonstrate mastery of the material!
If two or more students turn in work that that is identical, their action will be considered academic misconduct and appropriate sanctions will be imposed. At a minimum, the sanction will include the loss of credit for the copied work, and more severe sanctions may be imposed for more extensive infractions. (See additional information below regarding Academic Conduct
Additional instructions for the laboratory reports are provided in the laboratory manual.