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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!

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Science fair log book l.jpg

Science Fair Log Book

How to…


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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.


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Front Cover

  • Names of all members

  • Class Period of all members

  • Teacher: Washburn

  • Fall 2011


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Table of Contents

  • Page numberWhat’s on the page….

You may want to leave 2-3 pages for the table of contents…


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First Entry

  • Question:

  • Hypothesis:

  • Independent Variable:

  • Dependent Variable:

  • Controls:

  • Materials:

  • Safety:

  • Step by Step Procedure:

This is hand copied from the group research plan


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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


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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


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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)


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