Lab Report Template

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Lab Report Template

Last Name, First Name

CHM 292

Date

NOTE: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR LAB REPORTS FOR ALL SYNTHESIS LABS. YOU

ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WRITING LAB REPORTS FOR TECHNIQUE LABS. THIS

WILL BE REITERATED AT THE TIME OF EACH SYNTHESIS EXPERIMENT.

Experiment Title

Abstract

Insert a reaction scheme that describes your experiment above and type your abstract here. An

abstract is a short summary of the experiment. It is not an introduction (that is the next section);

it is a concise description of both the procedure and the results. It should be three or four

sentences. No references are necessary here.

Introduction

Write at least two paragraphs describing the background and applications of the reaction that

you performed. Include at least three references from primary chemical literature (no

websites). 1 Be sure to format your references according to the ACS style (see the link on the

course website). 2 Good introductions typically contain a figure that helps to describe the

background material. 3

Figure 1. Mechanism of toluene nitration

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Last Name, First Name

CHM 292

Date

You must discus the mechanism of the reaction and include an original figure, drawn by you—

not cut-and-pasted from a website. Be very careful to write this section in your own words. We

will be watching closely for plagiarism. If you have any questions about what constitutes

plagiarism, refer to this website: http://www.plagiarism.org/.

Procedure

Clearly and succinctly describe what you did in the experiment. DO NOT USE FIRST

PERSON. Use a figure to show the reaction (often the same figure used in the abstract) and

draw a table to show the amounts of reagents used (taken from your laboratory notebook).

Figure 2. Synthesis of dinitrotoluene

Table 1. Reagent Table

Reagent Toluene Nitric Acid Sulfuric Acid

Equivalents XX XX XX

Molecular Weight /

XX XX XX

Density

Moles (or mmol) XX XX XX

Amount used XX XX XX

Discussion and Conclusion

Discuss your observations and the outcome of the reaction. Be sure to calculate percent yield

and comment on any errors that may have contributed to a lower-than-expected yield.

If spectra were acquired, present a table showing how the peaks can be assigned to your

compound. Attach spectra to the back of this report.

Write a simple conclusion. No more than one or two sentences.

References

1 Reference 1 (be sure to use ACS format: http://library.williams.edu/citing/styles/acs.php)

2 Reference 2

3 Reference 3

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