The video below contains some tips on how to format your data tables.

One of the most common mistakes I find is that students don’t adjust the display of decimals in their table cells. This results in some cells having repeating decimals with ten digits interspersed with cells that only have one or two decimal places. This makes reading the table more difficult than it should be.

The columns in your data table should reflect proper use of significant digits. If you measured in centimeters to the nearest millimeter, your cells should be in the form of XX.X with cm in the column heading.

Watch the video to improve the readability of the tables in your lab reports.