By David F. Beer, David A. McMurrey
This beneficial source publications engineers throughout the technical writing matters that they need to recognize so as to achieve the sector. The 3rd version contains quite a few new examples built-in during the chapters that illustrate content material, association, and structure of other sorts of files. New fabric at the valuable points of passive voice is additional, resembling while the actor is known/obvious and whilst emphasis should be at the recipient of the motion. Discussions are incorporated on plagiarism, ethics, and bringing up fabric competently. on the way to accomplish this, the IEEE procedure of documenting assets is gifted. Engineers also will enjoy the startup aid for utilizing PowerPoint or different software program for his or her displays in addition to recommendations for utilizing such fabrics.
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Find what you feel is a good example of technical writing in any field. Analyze it carefully. What makes it effective, noise-free writing? List and give examples of the ways in which the writer has carefully observed many of the guidelines given in this chapter. 3. Look at an article in a professional journal or the first chapter of a textbook and determine who its assumed audience is. Then investigate how the author uses technical terminology. Is it appropriate for the audience? Are explanations or definitions given where they seem 44 Chapter 2 Eliminating Sporadic Noise in Engineering Writing called for?
How about 12 grams of acid was spilled or 12 grams of acid were spilled? The answer is a matter of logic rather than grammar. Even though we’re alluding to several ounces or grams here, we ‘‘see’’ them as one unit, and thus the singular verb is preferable. Little or no noise is created, however, if you slip up on this one. Using either/or in a sentence occasionally makes us stop and think. ) acceptable. 24 Chapter 2 Eliminating Sporadic Noise in Engineering Writing Which verb should you use? Since a verb is normally controlled by the noun immediately before it, we would write Either the old manual or the recent procedures are acceptable.
For instance, how do you punctuate direct axis transient open circuit time constant? The best solution (direct-axis transient open-circuit time constant) may only be found in a technical dictionary or by observing what the common practice is among specialists in the field. ). Since engineering documents seek to convey information, any excitement or triumph should be generated by the facts provided in the document rather than by a tagged-on marker. Occasionally, an exclamation mark might even be interpreted by your readers as arrogant or sarcastic: We soon found that the previous data was unsubstantiated!
A Guide to Writing as an Engineer by David F. Beer, David A. McMurrey