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Lab 2 Report Reminders. Due Tu Nov 1 at class time Organization instructions in Lab Description Document (LDD) on CULearn->Lab Info-> Lab 2. In particular, Limit main body to 12 pages (excluding cover, TOC, Appendices, references)

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Lab 2 Report Reminders

Due Tu Nov 1 at class time

Organization instructions in Lab Description

Document (LDD) on CULearn->Lab Info->Lab 2.In particular,

Limit main body to 12 pages (excluding cover,

TOC, Appendices, references)

Identify Group Leader (GL) on cover or 1st page

GL provides a % evaluation of contribution of group members - details in Slide 3

LDD figures may be downloaded from web

slide2

Exp Lab Attendance Reminders

If you miss your Lab group test without

cause, 50% of the group score is deducted

from your individual grade.

If you miss because of unavoidable conflict or a

justifiable reason, pls contact instructor ASAP.

Individual contributions are also evaluated

by Group Leader (next slide)

slide3

Group Leader Main Duties

Coordinates preparation & submission of lab report

Assesses individual contributions on a scale

of 0-100% and provides these to instructor & TAs

at report submission time.

Individual contributions may also be assessed by

peer evaluation(if group chooses to do so) but GL assembles & submits those.

slide5

Where Is The Report Beef?

Content

Organization

Writing

slide7

RAFI

Read And Follow

Instructions

slide8

Organization: Intro, Body, Conclusions

Tell’em what you are going to tell’em

Then tell’em

Then tell’em what told’em

Which one is most important?

slide9

For Lab Reports

Content should be a Group Activity

Use Accepted Tech Writing Practicese.g. referencing by [.]

One Group Member (e.g., GL) Should Crosscheck & Edit Final Version

slide10

Last But Not Least

  • Content
  • Organization
  • Writing
slide12

Composition Pointers

  • Use Plain Language, Avoid Hype
  • Get to the Point!
  • One Paragraph = One Theme
  • Highlight by Contrast
  • Finish Strong
slide13

Especially Important Is The SWAT Rule

Make the paragraph the unit of composition: Stick With ATheme

For a song or poem, replace

“paragraph” by “verse”

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Highlighting by Contrast Catches the Reader’s Attention

Bland (in English):

He who knows only his own generation always remains a child

Nescire autem quid antequam natus sis acciderit, id esse semper puerum (Cicero)

Stronger:

He not busy being born is busy dying

He not busy being born is busy dying

From: It’s allright Ma, I’m only bleeding (Dylan)

slide15

If Shakespeare Had Written a Lab Report

Alas, poor specimen! I knew it, Horatio.

A T-beam of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy, ...

Good or NG?

NG for a report : too much hype

slide16

How About This Actual Sample?

OBJECTIVE

Structures are an important component of

modern aerospace engineering. Weight savings is an essential part of designing effective aerospace structures. The use of thin wall structural members helps us to achieve those weight savings. Furthermore ...

Grandmothering BS. We know that.Now, how about the lab?

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Is This One Better?

OBJECTIVE

The experimental tests for this lab were used to verify and compare analytical models for torsion of thin-wall sections with experimental data. Both open thin wall (OTW) and closed thin wall (CTW) sections are tested on a Tinius-Olsen torsion machine at ITLL.

Yes. It skips the BS. One (common) grammar error, can you spot it?

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Common Grammar Error

OBJECTIVE

The experimental tests for this lab were used to verify and compare analytical models for torsion of thin-wall sections with experimental data. Both open thin wall (OTW) and closed thin wall (CTW) sections are tested on a Tinius-Olsen torsion machine at ITLL.

verb tense mismatch

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Pay Attention to Paragraph Flowthrough

Propose or state a theme:

Is dropping out of college the end of it all?

Argue the theme (here w/ counterexamples):

No. Two well known dropouts: Steve Jobs and Bill

Gates, became rich & famous, and changed the world.

Finish with a punch the reader will remember:

One for the better,

one for the worse.

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Readers Remember A Strong Finish

And I hope that you die, and your death will come soon.

I’ll follow your casket, in the pale afternoon.

I’ll watch as you’re lowered, into your deathbed.

And I’ll stand on your grave till I’m sure you’re dead.

And I hope that you give up, and yield will come soon.

I’ll follow your slippage, in a lab afternoon.

I’ll watch as you’re taken from the module deadly grasp,

And stand by the labstation, till I’m sure you have cracked.

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Better writing for $9

1st ed 1935!

also available on line from

http://www.bartleby.com/