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Question: Scientific Report This is NOT a laboratory report. It is a scientific report / journal article about a real-world observation and your...


Scientific Report

This is NOT a laboratory report. It is a scientific report / journal article about a real-world observation and your explanation of the underlying physics. It should very closely resemble an actual scientific publication.

Topics for Scientific Report

·        Execute a specific space mission in Solar system. Use GMAT.

·        Functional shape of froth decay times.

·        Produce Lissajous curves using laser pointer and Bluetooth speaker.

·        Produce a single crystal from either Alum or Sodium chloride.

·        Your own idea. To be confirmed by unit coordinator.

How to develop a Scientific Report?

The Scientific Report should be coherent, cohesive, comprehensive and concise. It is expected to contain (but not limited to) around 3 pages of text (900 words) including pictures, diagrams, tables of data, audio or video material relevant to your study.

A good Scientific Report tells a story and is logically set out i.e. it flows. The article should look professional and it should have been proof read for spelling and grammatical errors.

1.        Aim.

It is a one sentence text describing the main aim of your project.

2.        Background

Describes what other people have done in the past in relation to your specific aim. Describing general, common or textbook knowledge will reduce the marking points of your Scientific Report.

3.        Objectives

Must detail a numbered list of tasks that you need to do to achieve the aim of your project.

4.        Analysis and methodology

This is the largest section of your Scientific Report which describes the details of what you have done to achieve your main aim. List all figures and methods, detail the experimental details and data obtained here. All figure must be sequentially numbered and contain captions.

5.        Conclusions

Must summarise the most important result relevant to your aim and explain what exactly have you been able to achieve.

6.        Referencing

In addition to referencing the past work of other researchers in your Background section, any non-common-knowledge statement you make in your Scientific Report must be referenced as well.

Marking Key for Scientific Report



Well done


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Analysis and Methodology




Well done


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Cohesive (hangs together well)

Coherent (reader can understand what your point is)

Minimises the use of jargon. Any terminology is used appropriately

Comprehensive (covers all material that should be in the report)

Concise (does not cover irrelevant material and does not waffle)

Flow / good structure (logical development of story)

Relevant (relates observation to textbook physics)

Useful diagrams

Labelled figures, pictures, tables

Figures, pictures, tables referred to in text

Good spelling & gramma

Correct citation & referencing

Presentation, including page numbers

Third person impersonal

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