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© M. Reber 01/12/12 Functional Descriptions Documenting Product Specifications
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Definition of a Functional Description An overall description of the function and appearance of the entire mechanism A description of the function and appearance of each major part of the mechanism An explanation of how the mechanism operates and how each part contributes to the functioning of the whole Functional Descriptions focus on physical, quantifiable details They are often also called a mechanism description or a product specification 2
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What Functional Descriptions are NOT Not typical user instructions or documentation Not comprised of steps or “how to“ instructions 3
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Uses of Functional Descriptions To instruct the assembler/repairperson To market a product to prospective buyers To explain a product to an owner 4
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Functional Descriptions are Organized: By location (spatially) If you are describing a car for new owners, you might organize according to location so that your reader will learn about the comforts and conveniences available to them when sitting in the passenger compartment According to function If you are describing a car for mechanics, you might organize according to function so the reader can effectively diagnose and correct problems 5
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Parts of a Functional Description Title Introduction Names the object
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