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View a sample course, read testimonials or sign up for a free instructor account today. Choose from more than 900 textbooks from leading academic publishing partners along with additional resources, tools, and content. Subscribe to our Newsletter Get the latest tips, news, and developments. Description of the content of each of these sections follows. Additional remarks on report preparation and writing style are given at the end. The ABSTRACT is not a part of the body of the report itself. Rather, the abstract is a brief summary of the report contents that is often separately circulated so potential readers can decide whether to read the report.
The abstract should very concisely summarize the whole report: why it was written, what was discovered or developed, and what is claimed to be the significance of the effort. The INTRODUCTION should provide a clear statement of the problem posed by the project, and why the problem is of interest. It should reflect the scenario, if available. If needed, the introduction also needs to present background information so that the reader can understand the significance of the problem. The purpose of the MATERIALS AND METHODS section is to describe the materials, apparatus, and procedures used to carry out the measurements. Most importantly, the section needs to provide a clear presentation of how key measurements were obtained and how the measurements were analyzed.