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INTRODUCTION TO REPORT WRITING PRESENTATION

Reports must be presented in plastic covers, properly bound. The cover page of the report should be obtained from: - Departmental Office - Departmental web page The cover page must be properly filled The language should be clear and unambiguous Typed report is the norm The lab sheets may be included as an appendix.

STRUCTURE
TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION THEORY (If required)

EXPERIMENTS - Apparatus - Procedure RESULTS DISCUSSION CONCLUSIONS REFERENCES APPENDICES

INTRODUCTION: In your own words, give a brief and specific description of the objectives of the experiment. "..... to determine the dependence of the deflection of a cantilever beam upon the applied load and the dimensions...."

THEORY: Describe the basic theories to be tested in the experiment, brief derivation of formulae to be tested, brief description of the operation of equipment to be tested. DO NOT cut-and-paste the laboratory notes here, and do not just copy them verbatim.

EXPERIMENTS: Apparatus and Procedure Give a concise description of the major features of the apparatus. -- Include a diagram. Produce outline (in your own words) of the procedure employed in making the measurements. Avoid excessive detail.

RESULTS: All observations should be recorded here. Experimental readings should be displayed in tables or graphs. All readings should have the correct units, the graphs should have clearly labelled ordinate and abscissa and correctly scaled for optimum use of the available space. Error analysis: Include a realistic estimate of the errors likely to be present in all the readings and subsequent calculated values. Include an estimate of basic instrument accuracy as well as the read-out resolution.

DISCUSSION:

Very important

- What is your interpretation of the results, in the light of the hypothesis (the theory to be tested)? - What are the significant sources of error in the results? - Therefore, how reliable are the results? - Do the results support the hypothesis? - What changes in procedure would give better results? - What additional experiment would help support or refute the hypothesis?

CONCLUSIONS: Assess the degree to which the objectives of the exercise were successful. Briefly state (in one paragraph) what was the main lesson learnt.

REFERENCES: Use the Harvard referencing style. (found at http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/harvard.htm)