A lab report is an account of an experiment and what was discovered during the experiment.
The 3 main purposes of a lab report are:
Lab Reports are written so that: someone else could read the report and understand exactly what you did; repeat the experiment and get the same results; or read the introduction and decide whether to take the time to read the full report.
A standard Lab Report should contain:
Note: This is a basic outline so always check with your lecturer as to what they require.
Professor Tina Overton (University of Hull, Chemistry Department) outlines the main aspects of a Laboratory Report.