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How do I "describe" the statements in the Conclusion, which are based on the...

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sarahh10 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted May 25, 2010 at 10:18 AM via web

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How do I "describe" the statements in the Conclusion, which are based on the statement from the Aanalysis, both of which are listed below?

TOPIC: Yeast investigation - Investigating optimum conditions (temperature and glucose concentration) for yeast growth.

ANALYSIS STATEMENT: I have found that the optimum conditions for yeast growth are 25°C temperature and 5% glucose concentration. This is because these conditions produced more yeast cells than any other conditions.

CONCLUSION: According to my results, the optimum conditions for yeast growth are 25°C temperature and 5% glucose concentration. This is because these conditions produced more yeast cells than any other conditions. The 5% glucose concentration produced more yeast cells than any other % glucose concentration used as part of my experiment. The number of yeast cells increase from 1% glucose concentration to 5% glucose concentration. This is because the yeast uses the glucose to feed on. With the higher concentration of glucose from 1% to 5%, there is more food so the yeast can eat more and reproduce more. Because there is more glucose, the new generation of yeast cells have enough food to live on so they eat and reproduce as well. The number of yeast cells decrease from 5% glucose concentration to 10% glucose concentration. This is because a 10% glucose concentration is just way too much glucose. An excess amount of glucose will basically draw all of the water out of the yeast cells and dehydrate them making it impossible for them to reproduce.

How do I describe this Conclusion?

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hnystrom | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted July 12, 2010 at 7:39 PM (Answer #1)

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You've mixed your conclusion in with your analysis. Your analysis should just report what had happened in the experiment including additional graphs or tables if any.  The conclusion should address the purpose of the experiment (or the hypothesis).  In this case you had no hypothesis but were doing an investigation.  Your statement "According to my results ..." is actually the main statement of your conclusion.  I would suggest rewriting this paragraph focusing on what happened in the experiment and write the consclusion starting with this statement and the following statement.

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