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Rev: July 2009 Page 1 GENERAL INFORMATION PROBLEM SOLVING INSTRUCTIONS AND FORMAT The ability to present one's work clearly and systematically is the mark of a professional. Neatness, clarity and conciseness of presentation are professional habits expected on all work. The attached examples provide a guide for the format required both in doing assigned homework and working problems on quizzes and tests. The format is as follows: 1. Use engineer's problem paper for all homework with the following exception. All graphs and drawings are to be done on proper graph or vellum paper unless the instructor indicates that the engineer’s problem paper is satisfactory. 2. Letter or print neatly with a sharp 2-H lead or mechanical pencil. 3. Headings are to be printed on each page as shown in the examples. This includes the course, problem set number, name, date, and the page number. All pages are to be stapled together and handed in unfolded. 4. The layout of the problem: GIVEN, REQUIRED, and SOLUTION should follow the examples given for each problem submitted. The solution portion should be worked in clear sequential steps with the answer shown at the right side of the page and double underlined. Allow enough space between steps to easily follow work. 5. Each problem should show the: a. appropriate equation(s), then numerical substitutions with units, b. source and page number of reference in obtaining information not given in the problem, c. values used for obtaining an answer from a graph or table, d. proper number of significant digits and units in the answer, e. symbol of the variable/constant being solved also double underlined with the answer. 6. Significant figures should follow these basic rules: Addition & Subtraction - digits can be retained only as far right as the least accurate number, Multiplication & Division - the answer can have no more significant figures than the number having the least significant figure, which is used in the calculation for the answer. 7. Graphs should include a complete title, labeled ordinates and abscissas including units. Plotted points representing measured data should be shown by a symbol whose size circumscribes the range of error of the measurements. Calculated values should be plotted as points. Curves should be drawn with a straight-edge or french curve depending on the shape of the plotted values with the exception of contour lines which should be drawn freehand.
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Page 2 Rev: July 2009 GENERAL INFORMATION FIELD BOOK INSTRUCTIONS A field book will be used to record data and draw sketches of the work details for most of the laboratory exercises in this course. Identification and clarity of details in recording information into the field book is of utmost importance along with the use of a consistent format. Information recorded in the field book is frequently used by other than the note keeper of the survey crew. Obscure data, sketches, and illegible information causes wasted time and resources in the office. In addition, later trips to the survey site may be required which are costly and could have been avoided.
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2011 for the course BRAE 237 taught by Professor Mastin during the Winter '10 term at Cal Poly.

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