As a Physics undergraduate, I spent many weekends writing lab reports. I used a wide variety of tools including MatLab, Maple, and Excel. Although these tools were excellent for data analysis, they were either severely limited in or completely lacked the ability to create text documents. The IPython Notebook circumvents this issue by combining the word processor with the data analysis software. This tool provides users the ability to create content rich documents with embedded source code with very little effort.