In a well written and well thought out lab report, the result section is the component used to presenting the experiment findings in an objective way. The acquired results may or may not support the hypothesis, regardless of which all the key data and calculations must be listed in the lab results. If the lab results are written properly and in an orderly fashion, it could be the determining factor of the validity of the experiment. If this component contains indecisive data and statements, then the experiment may end up being invalidated or incomplete. So, one should always keep a few things in mind when considering how to present lab results.
The result section most often starts with text, a statement in the very beginning of the section that lays out the acquired result straight from the beginning. Following which are given the key findings and the calculations used to reach the final statement. This section should be as organised as possible, with the encouraged use of tables and figures if there is a need. Any statistical formula applied should be clearly stated. Another thing of importance are the negative results, which provide validity to the results and material for the discussion section.
As you learn how to present lab results you will note a cohesive use of active and passive voices. The writing style should be concise and strictly objective, and the data need not be interpreted here. The past tense is the most appropriate tense to use in the lab results section, as the findings will all refer back to the experiment conducted in the past.
Results: Understanding your data for yourself and others
Step 1: Create appropriate tables, graphs, and other figures to enable you to visualize your lab data.
Step 2: Decide the order in which your tables, graphs, or other figures should be presented in the Results section.
Step 3: Review all the data from your experiment. In a sentence or two summarize the main finding of this lab.
Step 4: In separate paragraphs summarize the finding in each of your visuals, tables, graphs, or other figures. Each paragraph has two parts: (1) the overall relationship or interaction among variables represented by the visual; (2) key details from the visual that are important to understanding the experiment.
Step 5: Place all the elements you’ve written in the proper order.