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As you begin the Analysis and Interpretation of Data, it is important to be thinking about how your observations directly relate and apply to your research question and hypotheses. For that reason, it is important to list those items.

A. RESEARCH QUESTION:
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B. HYPOTHESIS:
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IN STEP 7 (ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF DATA) YOU WILL:
1. Fill out an Analysis and Interpretation of Data table for the planetary world you investigated.
2. Share your analysis with the class.
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ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF DATA:
Analysis and interpretation of data are done by thinking about how specific observations and knowledge you have directly relate to your question and hypotheses. Your goal is to be able to draw conclusions about your research with supporting evidence.

There are many ways to organize your analysis and interpretation of data. For this investigation, we recommend you fill out the Analysis and Interpretation of Data table for the planetary world you focused your observations on. As you analyze and interpret data, focus on:
  1. Specific observations from your created data displays.
  2. List interpretations of what those observations mean with respect to your question/hypotheses.
  3. Provide additional evidence that support your interpretations. (This can come from other data displays or knowledge you have about impact craters.)

For this investigation we recommend that your analysis and interpretations focus on each observation category you logged on your data table. This includes: 1) crater diameter; 2) crater type; and 3) crater classification. You should be able to use the information you displayed, observed, and analyzed to draw conclusions about what these overall characteristics reveal about the geologic history of these planetary worlds.

Use the Analysis and Interpretation of Data table or outline your information from that table as shown below.

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Sample table focusing on data collected from Earth craters. This same table structure would be used for each planetary world.

The file below is a blank Analysis and Interpretation of Data table you can download and use to log your information.


SHARING YOUR FINDINGS
Use the table provided below to list summary information about each planetary world that will help you draw your conclusions.
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For your Team Wiki, you may want to post a screen shot of your Analysis and Interpretation of Data table(s) for each planetary world. Alternatively, you list your information in an organized way for each planetary world.
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CONSIDERATION OF ISSUES POTENTIALLY AFFECTING YOUR RESEARCH
1. POTENTIAL ERRORS OR INACCURACIES:
It is important to think about and identify potential errors or inaccuracies that may have affected your research.

2. POTENTIAL MISINTERPRETATIONS:
It is important to think about and identify potential misinterpretations that may have affected your research.

3. LIMITATIONS OF DATA:
It is important to think about and identify limitations of data that may have affected your research.

4. OTHER:
It is important to think about and identify any other issues you feel may have affected your research.