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After completing this activity, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the shortcomings of “default” graphs in a software program.
  2. Be able to articulate why a particular graph is problematic for formal publication.
  3. Recognize that complex experiments often contain more than one variable requiring choices about how to present the data. 
  4. Articulate how figure formatting can alter the focus of the scientific presentation.
  5. Outline how your personal work within lab reports meets or falls short of ACS requirements as outlined in author instructions within the ACS Style Guide.

Jennifer Monahan ( and John Coulton, Saint Louis University

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