Why Do We Write in Passive Voice?
It’s part of the scientific point of view. We observe and record as objectively as possible, avoiding personal bias by removing ourselves. Using the passive voice also clarifies procedures and descriptions so they can be easily reproduced and compared.
DO NOT write reports as directions, such as those given in your lab manual. For example, do not write, "Heat the solution until it boils." Instead, write "The solution was heated to boiling."
What is Plagiarism?
Be familiar with the Lone Star College System's definition of and consequences of plagiarism and academic integrity standards:
Other useful websites that explain plagiarism and good practices to avoid it:
Examine these examples of chemical lab reports. Keep in mind your instructor may request other information in addition to what you find in these basic reports.