Here's how I organized the material:

**1. How did it start?**

Why did I decided to spend some time on this topic? What are the limitations of the previously used techniques and what will I try to solve in this document?

I used the answers to these questions to try and keep the bigger picture in mind.

**2. What does the literature say?**

What useful information and descriptions are available in the literature?

Not all of the papers I had read were useful. I did end up citing most of them, but some of them I discussed in larger detail. I distilled the methods which I ended up trying out myself, and clearly wrote how they should be applied for the question at hand.

**3. Structure the calculations**

Even though this is work-in-progress, I wanted to bring the different pieces of code and calculations together. I went through the print-outs of code, my own hand calculations, the tables and graphs I had accumulated while working on this problem, and decided to copy and paste the relevant parts right into the document. Although this would not lead to a neat final report, I decided I wanted to show the train of thought which I followed to my advisors, to show clearly the process and be able to discuss the steps I took.

**4. The assumptions**

I made a separate section which focused on the limitations and assumptions I had used in the calculations. I also discussed some advantages and disadvantages of some of the assumptions i had made - to facilitate the discussion on the calculations. Likewise, I added a list of questions and uncertainties which need to be discussed.

**5. Give up on perfectionism**

Even though I aimed at fully answering the question my advisor had asked me, I contented myself with the idea that I had found interesting material on my way, had played around with several methods, and learned from it - but I did not find a conclusive answer yet. A few years ago, I would have never the problem rest before having a full solution. However, that is not even possible in research - assumptions need to be discussed , and sometimes some advice along the way is more than welcome.

**6. What did we learn?**

After all the calculations, which directions are open to be chosen? What can we conclude up to now?

*Do you have a clear way to present calculations? Please let me know in the comments section*

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