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Aim

This section states the aims of the experiment. In any experiment, you aim to do something.

For example, you aim to verify, to investigate, to measure, to determine, to compare or to calculate.

Use the verb form starting with 'to' (eg 'to investigate').

Avoid the noun form which often ends in '-ion' (eg 'investigation').

Aims can be written either in point form or in complete sentences.

Example in point form

Aims
  1. To measure the resistance of a specimen of wire.
  2. To determine the resistivity of iron.

Example in a complete sentence

Aim: The aim of the experiment is to determine the resistivity of iron by measuring the resistance of a specimen of wire.

Choose the better wording from these examples of the aim section from two student reports.

  1. Aim
  2. To investigate the effects of passing electric current through water.

    An investigation of the effects of passing electric current through water.

  3. Aim
  4. The aim of the experiment was to verify Kirchhoff's Voltage Law.

    Verification of Kirchhoff's Voltage Law.

Correct!: To investigate explains what you aim to do
Incorrect!: An investigation is a title for the experiment but does not say what you aim to do.
Correct!: To verify is the verb form, saying what you aim to do.
Incorrect!: Verification of is the noun form, ending in -ion.
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