Before you write a single word on an engineering or scientific document, you should analyze the audience, purpose, and occasion. The reason is that everything you write as an engineer or scientist depends on that analysis. (15 minutes)
1. Analysis of Audience.
2. Analysis of Purpose.
3. Analysis of Occasion: Length, Formality, and Format.
Alley, Michael, The Craft of Scientific Writing, 4th ed. (New York: Springer Verlag, 2018), Lesson 1.
Sponsors and Editors
Leonhard Center, College of Engineering, Penn State
National Science Foundation, NSF EAGER Award 1752096
Michael Alley, Teaching Professor, College of Engineering, Penn State
Richelle Weiger, College of Engineering, Penn State
Casey Fenton, College of Engineering, Penn State
Elaine Gustus, College of Engineering, Penn State
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