Basic Techniques of Technical Writing

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Definition in Report A definition is an explanation that gives the precise meaning of a word of a group of words. Definitions are used in reports to clarify technical terms that may be unfamiliar to the reader, not only to clarify the words used for general discussion. Informal Definition An informal definition is a familiar word or phrase that immediately follows the technical term being defined. Example: The sample contained cretaceous (chalk-like) rock. Example: A photometric analyzer (an instrument used to analyze light intensity) uses a mercury-vapor lamp as a light source. Formal Definition A formal definition is written as one or two complete sentences and consists of three parts: the word to be defined a general class to which the word belongs the characteristics of the word being defined that distinguish that word from other members of the general class Example: Name General Class Distinguishing Characteristics pulsimeter an instrument that measures the alternate expansion and recoil of an artery, caused by contractions of the heart A pulsimter is an instrument that measures the alternate expansion and recoil of an artery, caused by contractions of the heart. A hammer is a hand tool. It has a solid head set crosswise on a handle and is used primarily for
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2012 for the course CHEM 211 taught by Professor Santos,j during the Spring '11 term at Abu Dhabi University.

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