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The Parts of a Typical Problem Statement Stable Context : This sets the scene for the problem you are going to address. It involves information that is “old”, that your readers already know or will readily accept as true. It is the current state of affairs out of which the Destabilizing Condition arises. Destabilizing Condition : This is some particular situation or question that has the potential to cause difficulty for someone. A Destabilizing Condition threatens to disrupt the Stable Context in some way. It can be a predicament that creates a Tangible Problem, or a question that creates a Conceptual Problem. Consequences: The Destabilizing Condition is going to lead to Consequences for your readers. Consequences take two forms, either the Costs of leaving the Condition unresolved or the Benefits of resolving it. Costs and Benefits are often mirror images of one another; therefore, sometimes you do not need to state both Costs and Benefits in the same Problem
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Unformatted text preview: Statement. However, stating both of them can at times be useful, and when that happens, usually the Costs are mentioned right after the Destabilizing Condition, while the Benefits are mentioned right after (or as part of) the Resolution. Resolution : The last thing the Problem Statement does is to present a Solution to the problem. (Or it can hint that you are going to eventually present a solution.) Finally, some writers like to add a Prelude to their Problem Statements. Preludes set the stage for the Stable Context. They are rare in professional documents (like business letters) and even rarer in scientific and technical documents. However, they do occur occasionally in academic texts in the humanities and in the kind of writing one might find in magazines like The New Yorker. A Prelude can be a question, an anecdote, or anything loosely related to the Stable Context or the problem of the paper in general....
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2010 for the course ENWR 110 taught by Professor Weckstein during the Spring '08 term at UVA.

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