Science Fair Log Book How to…
The book itself & how to write in it This is a place where your thoughts and actual data go, it does not have to be perfectly neat. • 1 per group • New, bound composition book • WRITE IN PEN! • NUMBER ALL PAGES • DATE ALL ENTRIES • NO WRITING ON THE BACK OF PAGES! • NO WHITE OUT! • If you make a mistake writing, cross out with single line.
Front Cover • Names of all members • Class Period of all members • Teacher: Washburn • Fall 2011
Table of Contents • Page number What’s on the page…. You may want to leave 2-3 pages for the table of contents…
First Entry • Question: • Hypothesis: • Independent Variable: • Dependent Variable: • Controls: • Materials: • Safety: • Step by Step Procedure: This is hand copied from the group research plan
Experiment Daybe sure to date it! • Make sure if ANY part of your procedure changes, make note • Data Tables need titles, headings, and metric units • Can include averages, standard deviation, differences, etc here or later in log book • Make sure you have multiple trials! (This should already by part of your lab procedure) • Take pictures of lab set up and results! (make 2 copies---will use for tri-board later) • Note any sources of error that may have occurred • Write down your thoughts in general about the experiment
After the experiment:analyzing data… • Show equations and calculations • Calculate averages or differences of your measurements (which ever makes more sense for your data) • Create hand drawn graphs that help visualize data. • Be sure the graphs are labeled! • Connect all points OR make a best fit line (which ever makes more sense for your data) • Be sure to go back and add the pictures of your set up and results
After the experiment:Conclusions • Log book should be a rough draft of your formal conclusion • Everyone in the group should have input! • Discussion of hypothesis • Recap of results compared to expected results • Appropriate calculation of variation between trails • Sources of error • Significance & usefulness of results • What could be done to improve experiment (besides being more careful or more trials)