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Key skills: making a difference
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7.6.1 Interpret results and identify your main findings

In stating your conclusions and interpreting the results of your work, you should refer back to what you set out to investigate or demonstrate. Have you achieved your goals? What evidence have you got to support your conclusions? If you are making general statements based on your work (for example a statistical analysis of data), then you should be able to explain clearly the reasoning that has led to your conclusions. In quoting mathematical results you should be able to say whether the result is always, sometimes, or never true. In using mathematical models, be aware of the assumptions that you have made and the conditions under which your results are valid.

Time out

Numbers, graphs, equations and formulas do not speak for themselves. Make notes about what you understand the results of your numerical and mathematical work to mean in the context of your investigations.