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Salendine Nook High School Science Department

Data Analysis Planner
Your teacher will set the scene for your experiment. Your task will then be to, 1. Carry out the experiment 2. Analyse the data you collect (Section I , Analysis) 3. Evaluate how successful you have been (Section E, Evaluation) 4. Write up your experiment using the information below 1. Carrying out the experiment.

TASK
Title Range of readings (highest to lowest). Decided on reading intervals (how they are spaced out). Decided how many times you will repeat your results? Draw a blank results table with labelled headings including units.

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Now carry out the experiment safely and record your results in the table. Take the results precisely and accurately. 2. Analysing the Data (Section I)

TASK
Ia Plotting graphs Plot a graph of my results. Draw a line of best fit. Label the x and y axis. Include the units. Give my graph a title. Included on my graph the range bars to indicate the spread of your data. Give a clear key for each set of data points.

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Ib Conclusion Write a basic conclusion e.g. if my chosen factor increases, what happens to the outcome variable. Comment about any patterns I see in the data. Choose 2 pairs of results to back up my conclusion e.g. as one doubles so does the other, height 50 cm x2 height 100 cm width = width =

Write down a quantitative conclusion based on these 2 pairs of results. Comment on whether the line of best fit goes through the origin. Calculate the % error in the scatter of the data.

Ic Explaining the conclusion using Scientific Knowledge Using scientific knowledge, explain what I have found out. Give as much detail as I can.

3. Evaluating the Evidence (Section E)

Ea Evaluating how you carried out the experiment Comment how accurate I have been taking the readings (E.g. length to nearest mm or cm). Could I have improved the accuracy by changing the apparatus or doing the experiment in different ways? What difficulties did I have when carrying out the experiment? Describe any changes I would make to improve carrying

out the experiment. Write down any alternative ways I can think of to collect the data Eb Evaluating the evidence you have collected Make a comment about how the data was collected e.g. did I take an average? Make a comment about results that are beyond the range of experimental errors (called anomalous points) Identify any outliers Explain what may have gone wrong to cause these anomalous points and outliers. Comment on how close these points are to the line of best fit Look at my results which have been repeated. Comment about their scatter. Discuss in detail if I think my results can be relied on to make a conclusion. Ec Evaluating the reliability of the conclusion Write down whether the data I have collected is good enough to be certain that my conclusion is correct Write down if there are any weaknesses in my data Could I have • extended the range of my results? • used different apparatus? • carried out the experiment in a different way to be more certain about my conclusion?