The heading of your lab report should contain some specific information.

  • The title of your report.
  • Your name
  • The name of your partner
  • Your class in PHY-XXX
  • The date of data collection
  • The due date for the lab report

Here’s an example of a heading.

The heading of a lab report. Exploring Hooke's Law. Trevor Johnson-Steigleman, PHY-101. Lab performed on October 20, 2020. Lab Due on October 27, 2020.

The title should be about 5 to 10 words that accurately describe your experiment.

Include your name and any other students that you worked with.

Include the date twice. First for the day you collected data. Second for the day the report is due.

For scientific journals, the publication date serves this purpose.

As I’ve mentioned before, each professor and class may require a different heading. Some professors even require a separate heading page. In my opinion, this is just a waste of paper. For online grading, it is just more distance I have to scroll before seeing your actual report.