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What is a mathematical report?

After completing a mathematical investigation, a report is written. Reports are typed using a word processing package, like Word, include a cover page and have all pictures, tables, equations embedded in the report.

Why is it important?

Solving problems is only part of the process. We need to communicate our results and those results need to be able to be interpreted by the reader.

What's involved?

There are five parts to a mathematical report:

Introduction

Introduction

This section states what the investigation is about and why it has been chosen. You can include any background information here. Make sure you reference any other people's work using a proper referencing system like APA.

Method

Method

Here, you outline the method/s you used to explore your topic. You can include any pictures or diagrams of the process used.

Results

Results

In this section, describe your results and include pictures and tables if applicable.

Analysis

Analysis

Analyse your results. You can include graphs or diagrams if appropriate. Any calculations should be included using equation editor.

In this section, you can form some conjectures based on what you have discovered.

Conclusion

Conclusion

Finally, summarise your investigation and respond to your aim statement.

Did you achieve what you set out to achieve?

How valid are your results?

Are there limitations to your experiment/method?

What else, related to this topic, would you like to explore?

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