A Scientific Approach to Writing for Engineers and by Robert E. Berger

By Robert E. Berger

A clinical method of WRITING

Technical rules could be stable or maybe groundbreaking, but when those principles can't be truly communicated, reviewers of technical documents—e.g., proposals for examine investment, articles submitted to medical journals, and company plans to commercialize technology—are prone to reject the argument for advancing those ideas.

The challenge is that many engineers and scientists, totally happy with the good judgment and ideas of arithmetic and technology, deal with writing as though it possesses none of those attributes. The absence of a scientific framework for writing usually ends up in sentences which are tricky to stick with or arguments that depart reviewers scratching their heads.

This booklet fixes that challenge by means of featuring a “scientific” method of writing that mirrors the sensibilities of scientists and engineers, an procedure in line with an easily-discernable set of rules. instead of purely pointing out ideas for English grammar and composition, this publication explains the explanations at the back of those principles and indicates that strong purposes can consultant each writing decision.

This source can also be compatible for the growing to be variety of scientists and engineers within the U.S. and in different places who converse English as a moment language, in addition to for an individual else who simply desires to be understood.

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Because the context suggests that the instrument can be used in all such processes, the such as phrase in Example 2, such as in semiconductor manufacturing and gas turbines, is not essential to the meaning of the sentence. Rather, it is a “by the way” type of remark. 34 EXPLANATORY, PARTICIPLE, AND MAJOR PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES Such as phrases also can appear inside the Core. ] [Core (continued)] 3. The methane generated at sites such as coal mines and landfills must be sequestered and stored to prevent further complications of global warming.

Subordinate clauses are used to explain, or qualify, something in the core, or perhaps they qualify the entire core. These types of qualifiers will be discussed in Chapter 3. The remaining four types of qualifiers are all phrases: explanatory phrases, participle phrases, major prepositional phrases, and infinitive phrases. The first three of these phrase qualifiers will be discussed in Chapter 4. Finally, infinitive phrases, along with a general rule for punctuating all of the qualifiers will be discussed in Chapter 5.

When used properly, while should indicate something that is happening at the same time as something else: The high flux will preclude users from entering the experimental area while the beam is on. [41] Instead, the word while is mistakenly used to indicate a contrasting or different condition: Original version: Metal collection surfaces are extremely heavy and easily corroded, while polymer fabric collection surfaces are not suffciently conductive to enable dry collection. [42] Revised version: Metal collection surfaces are extremely heavy and easily ­corroded, whereas polymer fabric collection surfaces are not suffciently conductive to enable dry collection.

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