This chapter will introduce you to some basics of writing in engineering. Many journal articles for engineering use what is called the scientific format.  This chapter does not intend to cover in detail the differences between writing in the sciences and engineering but instead point out some specifics that are unique to engineering writing as opposed to scientific writing when using the scientific format.

It is assumed that you are already familiar with the scientific format, also known as IMRaD (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion).  If not you can review the chapter, “Introduction to Writing in the Sciences” in this textbook.

Throughout this chapter we have used a published engineering paper for examples of the ideas you are learning. The language of the paper may seem difficult, but pay attention to the concepts pointed out in each example so that you can learn to recognize and eventually learn how to use these concepts in your own writing.

Please use this chapter to learn both how to read engineering articles and how to format and write your own papers in your engineering classes.

Finally, this document is meant to be an introduction only. Your instructor’s or a publisher’s requirements always supersede what is written in this textbook.



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