Data Analysis

Taking quantitative data and analyzing it is an important part of a science fair project and scientific research in general. Use these guide to help you make sense of your data and organize it in a clear, readable format so that you can reach a conclusion from your experiment.

If you don't have access to Microsoft Excel but would like to do your calculations with computer software, you can download Open Office.

Introductory statistics
A brief introduction to the basic concepts in statistics:Average, Variance, Mode, Median, Standard Deviation, Linear Regression/Line Fitting, T-test
Introduction to Excel
Haven't worked with Microsoft Excel before? It's not difficult. Here's a really easy, step-by-step guide to entering data and doing math using Microsoft Excel.
Graphing in Excel
Want to make accurate and professional-looking graphs quickly and easily? Follow this short tutorial on how to make graphs in Microsoft Excel!
Engineering and Math Lab Note-Taking
A quick guide which details effective lab note-taking for engineering and math.
General Science Lab Note Taking
An extensive and detailed guide for all sciences
Behavioral Lab Note Taking
An easy guide for behavioral sciences; includes a detailed example.
Error Analysis
One frequent problem with science fair projects is the lack of error analysis. This will help you understand common sources of experimental error.