FLOW DIAGRAM Students are often so caught up in the details of an experiment that they lose sight of the bigger picture and the reasons for the various procedures that they required to do. The purpose of the flow diagram is to help you, the student, to define the purpose of each step. The flow diagram assists you to track your progress through the experiment. An example of a flow diagram for a well-known activity is shown below: FLOW DIAGRAM FOR MAKING A CUP OF TEA What’s needed? Kettle Mug Milk Teaspoon Water Teabag Sugar Dustbin ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Thank-you to Mr Shane Stone, Department of Chemistry, University of Cape Town; for permission to use his “Making a Cup of Tea” flow diagram.