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How do I set out a write up of a experiment?

Asked by goootli (162points) March 31st, 2010

I’ve done an experiment “Workout the relationship between the period of oscillations and the mass attached to a spring?”

How should I write it up?

I will first write what was the task I was given. But I’m not too sure how to set out the rest of it.

I have to talk about the uncertainties inherent in the measurement, improving quality of measurement and making valid inference from the data.

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john65pennington's avatar

In this situation, its best to remember: the who, what, when, where and why questions. like, who did the experiment? you did and so on. this should get the ball rolling for you. john

j0ey's avatar

Introduction – maybe write some background on the subject….(what you have learnt in class)...state what you will be doing, and what you expect to happen. So basically finish your introduction by stating your Aim/ your hypothesis.

Materials – list what you will use

Method – write the steps you took to do the experiment. write them well enough so someone that hasnt done the experiment will know what you mean.

Results – write a paragraph or two on what you observed, include a graph and/or a table.

Discussion – this is the important part…this is where you talk about your uncertainties, interpret your results, talk about how you might make the experiment work better, talk about if what happened was what you expected.

Conclusion – relates back to your introduction section. Was your hypothesis correct? this only has to be like one or two sentences.

All experiments should be written in the 3rd person. do not use “I” or “We”...also write in past tense.

Good luck :)

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