ASE 120K - Report Writing Guidelines

ASE 120K Report - ASE 120K Lecture Notes The University of Texas at Austin Department of Aerospace Engineering Engineering Mechanics ASE 120K Low

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ASE 120K Lecture Notes The University of Texas at Austin ASE 120K Low Speed Aerodynamics Laboratory REPORT WRITING Prof. Charles E. Tinney WRW-301A 512.471.4147 [email protected] Instructor:
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ASE 120K Lecture Notes Lab Groups and Schedule
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ASE 120K Lecture Notes Technical Report Format and Concept Abstract Introduction Apparatus & Procedure Results Figures & Tables Summary & Conclusion Appendices References
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ASE 120K Lecture Notes Abstract A condensed summary of the document (in about five to ten sentences) of what was investigated and the results found. It must be independent of the rest of the document. The abstract is what is stored in computer-based library catalogs. Content Abstracts summarize the basic content of a document to a reader quickly and accurately Reader then decides whether the document relates to his/her interests Should be self-contained: stand independently of the document they abstract while still being understandable. There are two types of abstracts: Descriptive: functions as a table of contents – indicating what topics are covered in the document instead of what the document says about these topics. Informational: gives the essence of the document. It states the problem, the method used to study it, and the principal data and conclusions. *The informational abstract is more commonly used in the scientific community. Refrain from discussing the experimental data in detail or having a lengthy discussion of the specific problem being addressed. Focus on a short description of the problem, its solution and major results. Do not make references to figures or tables in the text!
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ASE 120K Lecture Notes Organization and Verb Tense There are five main points in an informational abstract: 1. State the principal objectives and the scope of the experiment. 2. Describe briefly the methodology employed (remember that a full description of apparatus and procedure appears in the body of the report). 3. Summarize the results and accuracy of results quantitatively. Be mindful of significant digits!. ...Re = 54,000. not 53,998.99674444 ? 4. State conclusions. 5. State recommendations. Likewise, there are three important format requirements in writing an abstract: 1. length: Should be written as one paragraph between 100 and 300 words (less than one page) 2. tense: Mainly in the past tense; it summarizes what you did in the experiment. The present tense is also used to discuss the report itself (”The following observations are noted in this report. . . ”) 3. items to exclude: references to the literature, figures, tables, or specific pages in your lab report.
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ASE 120K Lecture Notes Introduction A brief description of the problem that is being addressed and appropriate background material including relevant theory. Why is the problem important? Include a review of
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ASE 120K Report - ASE 120K Lecture Notes The University of Texas at Austin Department of Aerospace Engineering Engineering Mechanics ASE 120K Low

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