Report-writing for AME341

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Part I. How to Improve What’s so hard? Confused writing comes from confused thinking Concentrate on clarity of basic concepts What’s different about Mechoptronics? Usual pattern : do homework on very precisely formulated problems Now : formulate, analyze, solve, describe one or more sets of problems based on laboratory experiments.
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Part I. How to Improve Lab experiment itself poses the problem set Student must ask questions and answer them Success in report-writing begins in the lab at 9:00 am or 2:00 pm! Iff… Problems formulated clearly, Lab work is conscious, thorough and competent, Lab notebook is clear, complete and intelligible, Time-management is successful, Word-processing, spreadsheets, graphics can be done,
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Part I. How to Improve AND… Writing is good… THEN… A good report can emerge!
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Part II. The Format of a Scientific Paper 0. Abstract Concise summary of the whole report. Is what will convince a reader to read the rest of your report! 1. Introduction What’s this paper about? How does it relate to anything else? And why do we care ? 2. What did we do? Just the facts!
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3. Results So, what actually happened? Just the facts… Graphs, tables. (Never ever ever ever include lengthy tables that are plotted. Ever.) 1. Discussion What do you make of all this? What does it mean? Are the results consistent with the original ideas in the introduction? Why/why not? 2.
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