Introduction

The introduction provides relevant background information and places the experiments in context. Start with the broader topic area and then narrow the focus towards specific information relating to the experiments.  You may wish to define keywords or outline applicable theories. Remember to cite any sources used.

Complete the introduction by outlining the hypothesis and specific aims of the experiments.

Hypothesis: Predicts the outcome of the experiment and explains the relationship between the independent and dependent variables.

Aims: How you tested the hypothesis.

Experimental particulars appear in the materials and methods section so avoid including too much detail in the introduction.

 

So what exactly should I put in the introduction section?

Examples

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Activity

The following are statements from a laboratory report on the physiology behind the human dive reflex.

Click the statements that you think would be appropriate for the introduction.

Multiple answers are correct.