Sample Report #1
Sample Report #2
Sample Report #3
Engineers and scientists write formal reports for many reasons, including the documentation of experiments and designs. As an engineer or scientist working on the design of an airplane seat, you might write several formal reports. One formal report might propose a new design for the seat. A second formal report might update the progress on the construction of a test seat. Yet another formal report might document tests performed on the design. Still another formal report would assess whether the new design should replace the existing design. In this last report, you would combine elements from all the previous reports. Note that this last report might appear as a research article, which is a special kind of formal report for a research audience.
For reference, this discussion includes a sample report [Bassett, 1998]. Also available is a short discussion of laboratory reports, design reports, progress reports, and theses and dissertations. Note that there will most likely be differences in format between the sample reports included here and the reports you are expected to write for your own classes. Nonetheless, these samples should provide you general guidelines for crafting the assignments in your own courses. Another aid to help you is a report checklist that you can use during the revision stage of your report writing.