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Reporting Results by William F. Hosford, David C. van Aken

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5 Presentation of Technical Data

This chapter covers some basic guidelines for presenting technical data. Tables, schematic drawings, photographs, and graphs quickly convey technical information and experimental results. A well-prepared table or figure immediately describes the significance of the work and provides a useful tool for the reader. Preparing tables and figures should be treated with the same care as writing a resumé. Technical reports are often the basis of patents, and the use of the standard international system of units (SI) is required for foreign and domestic patent applications. Appendix IV gives the international system of prefixes and units. Use of SI units is recommended, but the author should report in units and symbols ...

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