LIVE LEARNING Writing Science Lab Reports

Dates and Times for Live Classes:

Tuesday 1-2 PM PST Schedule, Aug-Sept 2020

We meet 3 consecutive Tuesdays August 18, August 25, and Sept 1. Each live class is an hour long, and we end the week before Labor Day holiday (USA). If you are waiting to take First Semester Chemistry, which starts the week after Labor Day, take this course now to save time later.

We do an experiment (optional) AND write a report about it. The experiment will be the titration of an acid with a base.

writing lab reports titration experiment
weekTuesdays 1:00-2:00 PM PST
1August 18
Before the Experiment: Design and Reporting
Bring to class: blank paper and pen (not pencil)
2August 25
During the Experiment: Getting the Data
Bring to class: Your report from week 1 and (optionally) your experiment*
3Sept 1
After the Experiment: Analysis and Discussion of Results
Bring to class: Your report from weeks 1-2
*(optional) to experiment at home you need: baking soda, white vinegar, a few water bottles with the caps, measuring cup, teaspoon. Optionally, a small digital scale would be cool.

Most scientists and science teachers have very specific ideas about what a lab report should contain. The problem is, they generally don’t have the time to explain this to you in anything resembling Plain English.

Let’s do an experiment, called titration, together. In a live class. You can build the experiment at home or not. And we will learn to write a simple, proper, complete lab report as a group.

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Course Information

Prerequisite: You are ready for this course if you can write in paragraphs.

Description:  We design an experiment, do the experiment, and write a report about the experiment. This class is offered every month or so, and we change the experiment each time. This time, we do the titration experiment.

You also get Dr Scott’s 23 simple steps for making a good lab report every time, guaranteed. In both video course and written formats.

The big ideas you’ll be learning:

  1. Writing a solid, readable lab report that tells a story
  2. Making a template for future lab reports to save time
  3. Thinking like a scientist before, during, and after the experiment
  4. Organizing data
  5. Making measurements that are scientifically precise