I have a to make a simple lab manual for my college , The front page will be same as a report, In the second page there will be an Index page of tabular form , Then experiment's conducted respectively,

For each experiment there will be AIM , Theory , and then source code and figures if any , I tried to search for any template for this type of document but I got some physics experiments manual not in the format I specified above.

how can I make this format ,Is which \documentclass will be suitable for me?

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    Can't you use a standard report, with one chapter per experiment? Mar 23, 2015 at 9:37
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    In which way does your lab manual differ from any article or thesis you are writing? Well, instead of fixed section headings and the readers. The best starting point (template? No) is indeed plain old article or report. Look at memoir and the KOMA classes if you want to have more comfort.
    – Johannes_B
    Mar 23, 2015 at 9:52
  • Why do people think there must be a template for anything?
    – user31729
    Mar 23, 2015 at 20:01
  • In CTAN, you can find a labbok document class and in LaTeX Templates two templates for Laboratory Books and one for Laboratory Reports
    – Ignasi
    Jun 28, 2015 at 12:20

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I found a simple template that could probably fit your needs, University/School Laboratory Report. Nevertheless you could define some macros on your own, since it is not that complicated.

Do you really have to create a new class file? Maybe you just have to set up a report or article document properly, like in the example in the link above. Afterwards you can put the set up into your own *.tex or *.sty file (usepackage) -- some information about that can be found in clsguide – Documentation of LaTeX class and package writing.

I recommend to use the standard article class for a lab report/manual, since I am also using this class for all of my lab reports and it works fine.

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    Please use templates with care and an open eye: mychemistry.eu/2013/01/latex-templates
    – cgnieder
    Mar 23, 2015 at 9:45
  • Of course I took a look at the template shared above. Personally I would not use it by myself since I like to define things on my own (my macros are even more TeX orientated than LaTeX based). Just thought that this link could be useful when defining an own style. Nevertheless thank you for your comment on this! Mar 23, 2015 at 9:54

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