Clarity of Writing. Good scientific reports share many of the qualities found in other kinds of writing. To write is to think, so a paper that lays out ideas in a logical order will facilitate the same kind of thinking. Make each sentence follows from the previous one, building an argument piece by piece. Group related sentences into paragraphs, and group paragraphs into sections. Create a flow from beginning to end. Style. It is customary for reports to be written in the third person or the 'scientific passive, for example, instead of writing 'I saw, one writes 'it was observed rather than, 'I think that ...' one writes 'it could be stated that ...' and soon. Avoid jargon, slang, or colloquial terms. Define acronyms and any abbreviations not used as standard measurement units. Most of the report describes what you did, and thus it should be in the past tense (e.g., "values were averaged, but use present or future tense as appropriate (e.g., "xis bigger than y" or "that effect will happen. Employ the active rather than passive voice to avoid boring writing and contorted phrases (e.g.,"the software calculated average values" is better than "average values were calculated by the software.