How to Write a Science Paper
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Use separate section headers!
Introduction or background
- State the need for your project
- Explain the past research and findings
- State the objectives of the project
- State and explain hypothesis (if one exists)
- Explain, in detail, the experiment so that another may recreate it the same way
- Explain which materials and apparatus were used
- Explain what you measured and how, etc.
- Explicitly state the results of the experiment
- Explain why results are important and what they mean
- Explain whether or not the results support any hypothesis presented in the introduction
- Explain error with error analysis and how it affected results
- Where to go from here
- Next steps in experiment or next experiments to follow the previous one
Check your tone!
- Be sure to use a professional and factual voice
- Be as concise as possible
- Refrain from “First… second…” listings and “story-like” or directional language
- Use past tense about findings and methods
- Use present tense for generalizations and future research/conclusion
Share your equations!
- Separate line from text
- Numbered for reference
- Only post the relevant, final graphs
- Be sure to title the graph and label its axes