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Unformatted text preview: MIT OpenCourseWare http://ocw.mit.edu 2.00AJ / 16.00AJ Exploring Sea, Space, & Earth: Fundamentals of Engineering Design Spring 2009 For information about citing these materials or our Terms of Use, visit: http://ocw.mit.edu/terms . Writing a Technical Report Les Perelman 7 February 2007 with slides developed by Dr. Mya Poe Topics Elements of the report Process of writing the design report Introduction / Proposal Process of writing the design report Revising and Editing The goal of oral presentations and written reports is to explain a technical finding . . . BUT . . . theyre not the same. . . Oral Presentations Linear (cannot go back) Speaker controls pace Message presented in the moment Audience can be passive Feedback possible (questions) Written Reports Random reading (re-reference text) Reader controls pace Message is archival Reader must actively read Feedback not possible Image removed due to copyright restrictions. Please see any issue of Nature. Eakins, Thomas. The Agnew Clinic . 1889. Writing the Design Report -- Prewriting Start early Technical papers are like spaghetti sauce or stew -- they get better when they sit for a while Read the assignment List what you are supposed to do List design criteria List different solutions and evaluate them in terms of design criteria Use models Define audiences and purposes Image courtesy of vincos on Flickr. Introduction Give background and context of problem State problem clearly & concisely State why it is important Give one or two sentence overview of paper Use terms your audience can understand Background & Context of Problem Problem Statement Overview Lab Notebook is Bridge Between Introduction / Proposal and Rest of Paper Courtesy NPS. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Lab Notebook Image from Wikimedia Commons. What to include in Lab Notebook All procedures All results Possible inferences from results...
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2012 for the course MECHANICAL 2.008 taught by Professor Jung-hoonchun during the Spring '04 term at MIT.

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