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A Math-Based Writing System for Engineers

Sentence Algebra & Document Algorithms

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  • Introduces a novel, highly audience-relevant approach to formal writing instruction

  • Provides variable-entry-points for students and professionals needing to improve or complete their engineering writing skill set

  • Illustrates the author’s pedagogy with instructional-design blueprints to deliver solid, measurable results

  • Broadens ESL engineers' and students' understanding of formal written English in context

  • Includes learning outcomes and suggested activities

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Sentence Optimization

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 137-137
    2. Simplify and Clarify

      • Brad Henderson
      Pages 145-153
    3. Eliminate Category I Errors

      • Brad Henderson
      Pages 155-173
    4. Advance Optimal Style

      • Brad Henderson
      Pages 175-185
    5. Minimize Category II Errors

      • Brad Henderson
      Pages 187-207
  3. Document Algorithms

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 209-209
    2. Project Proposals

      • Brad Henderson
      Pages 217-234
    3. Status Reports

      • Brad Henderson
      Pages 235-248

About this book

This book presents the generative rules for formal written communication, in an engineering context, through the lens of mathematics. Aimed at engineering students headed for careers in industry and professionals needing a “just in time” writing resource, this pragmatic text covers all that engineers need to become successful workplace writers, and leaves out all pedagogical piffle they do not. Organized into three levels of skill-specific instruction, A Math-Based Writing System for Engineers: Sentence Algebra & Document Algorithms guides readers through the process of building accurate, precise sentences to structuring efficient, effective reports. The book’s indexed design provides convenient access for both selective and comprehensive readers, and is ideal for university students; professionals seeking a thorough, “left -brained” treatment of English grammar and “go to” document structures; and ESL engineers at all levels.




Keywords

  • ESL for Engineers
  • Engineering Writing Primer
  • Just-in-time Learning
  • Sentence Algebra
  • Technical Communication for Engineers
  • Technical Reports Guide
  • Technical Writing Guide

Reviews

“A Math-Based Writing System for Engineers has been written for engineers but could be particularly helpful in any STEM-based profession … . Engineering communication instructors will find the book well organized and practically structured to support coursework in the subject area. … Henderson offers practical, strategic writing advice for writing clearly and concisely in a variety of formats. His approach to formulating grammar rules into mathematical expressions and algorithms will serve engineering audiences particularly well.” (Jennifer Goode, Technical Communication, Vol. 68 (3), August, 2021)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of California, Davis, Davis, USA

    Brad Henderson

About the author

Brad Henderson is a Continuing Lecturer in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering and a master’s in professional writing.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A Math-Based Writing System for Engineers

  • Book Subtitle: Sentence Algebra & Document Algorithms

  • Authors: Brad Henderson

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10756-7

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Engineering, Engineering (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-10754-3

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-10756-7

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIV, 357

  • Number of Illustrations: 57 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Science, Technology and Society, Science Education, Theoretical Linguistics / Grammar

Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-10756-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)