watkins wrote:carsncars wrote:^ 1000 is too much. That's almost the length of the first-year physics lab reports I'm marking.
Thats what? One paragraph. Maybe a page at most? I was writing minimum of two or three pages per lab report back in high school.
Same. But the key is to be concise. It's funny, through my school career, the word count limits go like: 500 (Grade --> 3000 (Grade 12) --> 1000-1500 (First Year) --> 15,000 (Current).
IMO it's harder to write a short report. You have to be concise and to-the-point, and decide which information is relevant and which isn't. Complete data tables are attached; your job is to analyze relevant information. It's a good skill to learn. 3000-word-limits in Grade 12 when only 1500 are really needed make people sloppy--you get phrases like, "In the end, my partner and I were able to conclude, based on our observations, that the absolute temperature was increased by the occurrence of the exothermic reaction." --> "The exothermic reaction increased absolute temperature."
Otherwise when you get to upper years and you really do need 15,000-30,000 words of information, they'll wind up being 60,000 words instead.