# Scientific Report Writing Checklist

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```					                                Scientific Report Writing Checklist
Plan                                                                                    It’s very
 Statement (hypothesis/prediction)
 Independent variable (the one we change) – HOW do we change this?               important to
 Dependent variable (the one we measure) – HOW do we measure this?                 READ THE
 How to make this a fair test – how to control other factors/variables.          INSTRUCTION
 How many trials will you do? Is that accurate enough?                             SHEET!!!!!
 How are you going to record and process the information?

Aim
 What is the purpose of the report? Should be stated on the instruction sheet.

Method
 Equipment list?
 How did I use the equipment?
 What did I measure? How?
 How am I going to process the information? Any equations used?
 Are my instructions clear and concise? Can anyone pick up the instructions and do EXACTLY what I
did?

Results
 Table with processed data (averages, percentages, etc)
 Table is easy to read and logical?
 Graphs that best show the trend present in the data. If there are multiple sets of data – make sure
the data can be compared in the graph/s.
 Fully labeled graphs
o descriptive title
o axis label + units
o even scales
o BIG graph (at least half page – on GRAPH PAPER)

Conclusion
 Briefly describe the trend seen in your table/graph (e.g. as ____ increased, _____ decreased)
 Relate back to aim/hypothesis (the result supports/contradicts the hypothesis)
 Use some statistics from results (e.g. at 3.0 molL-1 the chips gained 5.7g)

Discussion
 Relate results and conclusion to scientific theory (Your results linked to definitions and
explanation of various processes). E.g. The results showed that …(this happened)… this is due to…
(scientific theory)…
 Include more details and statistics about results (use numbers!)
 Last sentence answering the aim

Evaluation
 What went wrong?
 Are the results reliable? (i.e. enough trials?)
 Are the results valid? (Were there any strange data points that looked completely random and did
not fit the rest of the data? How can this be explained?)
 What are some factors that could have affected the accuracy of the experiment (human error in
measuring, using different equipment, faulty equipment, error in recording, etc)

Appendix
 All of the raw data included

It’s very important to READ THE INSTRUCTION SHEET!!!!!

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