This page will support you in satisfying Writing Learning Outcome:  

RESULTS - Illustrate lab data using the appropriate graphic/table forms. 

Learning Objectives

You should be able to:

Why are Properly Created Tables and figures Essential?

Data is the product of engineering testing and experimentation.  It is the core of most engineering laboratory reports.  Without thoughtful presentation of the data, the reader may never understand what the author is trying to communicate. Properly presented data in tables and figures can allow the reader to easily understand the results.  When creating tables and figures, ALWAYS focus on addressing the purpose of the lab! 

What characteristics Allow Tables and figures to be Effective Communication Tools?

Tables and figures can be effective tools for communicating information clearly and concisely. Characteristics to help achieve that include:

What Are Three Common Ways to Present Data and How Are They Best Applied?

LINK: Steps to create a table

LINK: Table Formatting (good/bad examples)

LINK: Creating Graphs in Excel
LINK: Graph Formatting (good/bad examples)
VIDEO (4 min): Excel make a graph
VIDEO (6+ min.): Excel graph trendlines 

Why Use MS Excel to Make Graphs and Tables?

MS Excel is ubiquitous; therefore, it is important to be able to use it to make basic graphs and tables.

LINK: Excel basics
VIDEO (5+ min.): Excel basics
VIDEO (6+ min.): Excel copy and paste
VIDEO (4 min): Excel make a graph
VIDEO (6+ min.): Excel graph trendlines 

Common Mistakes

How Can I Learn More About Presenting Data?

There are many texts on creating good tables and graphs, but perhaps the best teacher is to look through engineering textbooks and observe what tables and graphs communicate to you. Pay attention to the details that the author included – do they help you (as the reader), or could they be better? Apply the knowledge you gain from doing this to your own reports.