Using the general rubric below and the one explained in the Lab Report Rubric link I gave out I would like to see the following sections in your Lab write up.
I am requiring these sections below to be titled and included in your lab report but you are making this lab your own. Although we did the same data collection and experiment, you are to make your lab unique in the lab write-up. You will spin this lab to your interests by writing a unique background that will cover a least a page single spaced or 2 pages double spaced. Use this opportunity to research something about Plants or Light that may relate to your experiment. This is something that you will bring back into your discussion in your conclusion. This could really be anything related to your experiment or the Fast Plants BUT you must direct your discussion to your Question and then Hypothesis.
1: Title Page – Your name, Date, Title of experiment
2: Background – Your background is like a literary review of the topic in a published study. I am not asking you to write a term paper on the Fast Plant but I am asking you to write an essay on the ANYTHING that is remotely related to this investigation. Develop your Background so that your discussion eventually LEADS to a Question that you will test with your Hypothesis. Write it as a prosecutor would deliver their opening statement to set the stage for their argument. I know this is open ended but this is how you make this lab your own. Do make this a cohesive piece of writing and you may probably need to investigate this information. At the end of the lab I will ask for your resources, so make note of where you are gathering information. DO NOT MAKE THIS a bunch of unrelated ideas or facts. I gave you some example below from past students of mine so take a look to get a feel of what I am asking. This part of your lab should be 1 page single spaced or 2 pages double spaced.
3: Question – testable question that relates to your hypothesis
4: Hypothesis: Use the correct format: If the Independent variable is modified…
6: Procedure: Step by step instructions on how you would complete this experiment.
7: Data: Graphs, Data Tables, etc.
8: Results: Summarize your data, but do not make conclusion statements. “the trend of the data is that as the salinity increases the … Do not state that Fast Plants prefer this or that (those inferences are conclusion statements). THis will be a short section. A couple sentences will usually suffice.
9: Conclusion: This section will be heavily scrutinized. What does the data tell us about the Fast Plants? Here is where you get dirty with the data. What is the data inferring about the Fast Plants? Was your hypothesis supported or not and Why? What are the implications or possibilities because of your outcomes. What could be further investigated?
If you get vague you will lose points. You must fully develop your points and support them with logic! Remember that many experiments are built from the conclusions of other labs. This means your points in your discussion will not be facts but just very good possible explanations. Another experiment would be needed to test the validity of these statements. However, if you support your statements with solid logic from evidence collected in the lab then you are addressing all the possible implications from YOUR WORK or experiment. In this point of your conclusion you will be MAKING A LEAP from your work based on data analysis to a POSSIBLE implication BIOLOGICALLY for the Fast Plants. If you do this by tying the Background discussion with your discussion here it will result in very will impressive lab write – up!
Please make sure your conclusion covers three basics:
A: DATA analysis: complete detailed analysis of the the hard data collected.
This has nothing to do with error analysis!!! You should be taking into consideration the error bars that you have created in your graph. The error bars tell us something about the reliability of the data. Also we are NOT proving a hypothesis correct or wrong. The data “suggests” or there is a possibility..
B: A LEAP: You need to explain what the data means in terms of the biology of the organism. The data
suggests that the Fast Plants……. This really the reason for the investigation. Fully develop your
thoughts based on your evidence. Be logical and make your case as if you were a lawyer trying to
convince a jury of your argument.
C: Error Analysis: What are the possible limitations in your lab. Every experiment has limitations. What
were the limitations in this experiment. What could be done to narrow our approach to better the
questions you laid out in this lab.
* DO NOT MAKE comments that are not logical and are not supported by the evidence. This is an area of conjecture and speculation so it cannot be wrong unless you do not fully develop your thoughts and support your statements with sound logic.
10. Sources – Just give me web address of the sites that you got information from.