The Do's and Don'ts
- Do draw an illustration or a graph, if appropriate.
- Don't list the data again, but summarize, discuss, and analyze the data.
- Do explain why your hypothesis was correct or incorrect from your observations or data.
- Don't give the procedure again, but do point out possible sources of error.
- Don't forget to break up your ideas with more than one paragraph. Your conclusion is an essay.
Some helpful format for writing a conclusion:
This lab (experiment) investigated ___________________________.
In order to study the problem we ____________________________.
My results showed ______________________________, thus proving my hypothesis was (correct/incorrect).
I believe the results are (accurate/inaccurate) because ___________________________.
In order to further investigate this problem, next time I would ____________________.