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Theory Content The Theory section of your lab report should explain the assumptions or the accepted principles that underlie your experiment or design. These may involve explaining the theory of how particular pieces of apparatus work (but not a discussion of the apparatus itself!), the theory behind a particular method or procedure you used or will be using, the equations you are using, and the method for determining the accuracy of your data. The Theory section serves to explain the general principles your particular experiment is using so that the reader can better understand how or why you are interpreting your results the way you do. It may help a reader who has a general idea of the theory to have a more specific understanding of it. You are also demonstrating your understanding of what you are doing and the concepts it is based on. Organization and Verb Tense The Theory section should begin with an overview--or "forecast"--sentence (or sentences) to tell the reader which aspects of theory you will discuss and the order in which you will discuss them. The
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Unformatted text preview: wording you use in these sentences should be identical to the wording you use for your subheadings so that the reader can be sure that what he is reading is what you indicated you were going to tell him about. You should use subheadings in this section to make it easy for the reader to locate particular information. How you divide the material into subheads is up to you, but there should be a logic to it. For example, it might make sense to create a subheading for the theory connected to one aspect of the experiment or one piece of apparatus, or you might use a subheading for theory of methods, equations, and for uncertainty analysis. Depending on how much material you have to discuss, you might find it useful to have subsubheadings under some of the subheadings. Theory is considered general truth or established knowledge and is thus written about in the present tense Page 1 of 1 Theory 3/27/2006 http://www.ae.utexas.edu/courses/ase120k/theory.html...
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