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    Thought i was a devil in english but ive never really written a presentation in the language before now. Im not sure if i should use "Thesis" or "Abstract"? Its only supposed to be 10 minutes long so will problem statement suffice maybe? In my native tongue we just write everything as a "problem statement" so what really are the big differences? Im guessing the length but no idea to be honest


    Edit: Title was supposed to be (Difference between "Thesis" & "Abstract"?) but it wont let me edit it, if a moderator could fix it then remove this sentance id appreciate it.


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    A thesis is what you're going to argue in your presentation. It should be controversial (as in not obvious or a statement of plain fact) and arguable.

    An abstract is a brief summary of what you're are going to argue, your major points, and conclusion. A good abstract should include all the pertinent information from your presentation, and avoid cumbersome figures. It is odd to begin a presentation with an abstract, these are usually included before long written works to give an idea to readers if they want to go through the 10+ pages that follow.

    You're probably looking for a thesis. It's not always best to explicitly state your thesis, rather start broad and work naturally towards your thesis in the introduction.


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    Thanks for your answer, ill go with thesis

    So if i got you right, an abstract is a thesis just abit bigger - as it includes a much greater work assignment or paper?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raziell
    Thanks for your answer, ill go with thesis

    So if i got you right, an abstract is a thesis just abit bigger - as it includes a much greater work assignment or paper?
    An abstract is more like a summary of the paper, the paper would then still contain a thesis in its introduction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy

    An abstract is more like a summary of the paper, the paper would then still contain a thesis in its introduction.
    I thought the summary was called "Conclusion"? *confused*
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    Abstract is in the beginning. Something like, "In this experiment, we explored X, Y, and Z since past evidence suggests A and B. We used the N technique to separate the variables, and early results imply 1, 2, and 3."

    Just a quick "here's what we did, and a brief overview of what we found" at the very start of the paper. That is the abstract.

    These sites seems to lay it out pretty well:
    http://classweb.gmu.edu/biologyresou...tificPaper.htm
    http://www.columbia.edu/cu/biology/u...rch/paper.html
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