111710 technical writing

111710 technical writing - Term Paper Assignment 5-10 pages...

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Term Paper Assignment • 5-10 pages (typed, double-spaced) • Employment opportunities in the 2 – 5 year time frame • describe the role of the chemical engineer in society and industry • at least 10 references since 2000; <3/10 as URL • <5 pages or >10 pages will be returned • final draft due Last Day of Class, December 3, 2010 • Grading (10% of overall grade) as A+,A,A-…C. . – based on technical writing skills
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Some ideas : environment & energy • going green: the “recycle” cycle • biosphere as a big chemical reactor • bio-geo-chemical cycles • trading food for fuel: EtOH, diesel substitutes • emissions control, implications of envir. disasters • gas hydrates on the ocean floor as an energy source • photovoltaics, why aren’t we using solar cells? • “mythology” of fuel cell technologies • petroleum vs. coal vs. nuclear: sustainable energy? • what can we do about the growing CO 2 problem? – CO 2 sequestration, Kyoto protocol
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Natural Gas Hydrates Biogas Nuclear Power Generation www.ruf.rice.edu/~hydrates/images/img001.jpg http://www.duke.edu/web/nicholas/bio217/jmz28/GlobalCarbonCycleLG.gif http://www.makinemekanik.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/biogas-cycle.JPG http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/13/313-004-E8107F92.gif
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Photovoltaics Fuel Cells Steel Manuf. http://www.greenjobs.com/Public/images/fuel-cell.jpg http://www.energy.ca.gov/distgen/equipment/images/photovoltaics.gif MeOH synthesis http://www.jmcatalysts.com/ptd/images-uploaded/LCM-flowsheet.jpg http://www.metsoc.org/virtualtour/processes/images/Primary+Steel+Flow-Sheet.jpg
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What is technical writing? • Technical writing is NOT literary writing. Technical writing serves a completely different purpose. ..it must be clear, concise, and unambiguous. • Short declarative sentences are the easiest to write, the easiest to read, and they are usually clear. However , many short sentences in a row will sound too abrupt and monotonous.
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Writing Well… “Clutter is the disease of American writing…the secret of good writing is to strip every sentence to its cleanest components . Every word that serves no function, every long word that could be a short word, every adverb which carries the same meaning that is already in the verb, every passive construction that leaves the writer unsure of who is doing what – these are the thousand and one adulterants that weaken the strength of a sentence. And they usually occur, ironically, in proportion to education and rank.” W. Zinsser
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Improve your writing line-by-line “You probably should delete all intensive adverbs – very, really, truly, actually , and the like. If you’ve chosen the right word, adding a very defeats your purpose. If you haven’t got the right word, the very offers poor compensation. Readers pay no attention to this overused word.” Claire Kehrwald Cook
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Scientists must write well…
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This note was uploaded on 12/29/2011 for the course CHE 10 taught by Professor Doyle,f during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.

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