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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 . . . they’re 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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