A Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry / Edition 1

A Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry / Edition 1

by Herbert Beall, John Trimbur, John Trimbur
     
 

ISBN-10: 0673468828

ISBN-13: 9780673468826

Pub. Date: 01/08/1997

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

Emphasizing writing as a means to examining, evaluating, sharing, and refining ideas, A Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry will help chemists develop the language skills the field demands. This book covers the kinds of readings and writing that chemists are called on to do-from introductory to more advanced work-in academic and industrial settings, and in public…  See more details below

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Emphasizing writing as a means to examining, evaluating, sharing, and refining ideas, A Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry will help chemists develop the language skills the field demands. This book covers the kinds of readings and writing that chemists are called on to do-from introductory to more advanced work-in academic and industrial settings, and in public life. With comprehensive coverage on topics including graphing programs, ACS formats, Science Citation Index, Merck Index, and writing abstracts, this book is a "must-have" for any aspiring chemist. This edition also provides updated coverage on the Internet, working with computers, and electronic sources. For anyone interested in a practical and rewarding guide to communicating successfully about chemistry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780673468826
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/08/1997
Series:
Short Guide Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Writing and Chemistry1
What Do Chemists Read and Write about?2
How Writing about Chemistry Can Help You Become a Better Writer5
2Writing and Scientific Responsibility12
Scientific Honesty12
Understanding the Competitive World of Science14
Reading: from The Double Helix15
A Case of Possible Dishonesty17
Reading: "Baltimore's Travels"18
Reading: "Scientific Whistleblower Vindicated"29
Reading: "Retraction," Cell33
3Reading and Writing to Learn Chemistry34
Why Does Chemistry Seem Difficult to So Many Students?34
Reading Your Textbook37
Taking and Using Lecture Notes44
Studying for Quizzes and Examination46
4Writing Laboratory Reports52
The Laboratory in the Study of Chemistry52
Reading: from Life of Ira Remsen53
Preparing for the Laboratory54
The Laboratory Notebook55
The Laboratory Report70
5How to Read a Scientific Article: Writing Summaries and Critiques90
Understanding Scientific Articles91
Reading Scientific Articles92
Reading: "A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid"93
Writing Summaries98
Writing Critiques99
Reading: "Removal of Radionuclides in Wastewaters Utilizing Potassium Ferrate(VI)"100
6Writing Literature Reviews109
Interpretation in Chemistry110
Reading: "Joseph Priestley"111
Reading: "The Structure of Some Crystals"114
Reading: "Valence and Tautomerism"117
Reading: "The Atom and the Molecule"118
Writing the Literature Review121
Searching the Literature of Chemistry134
7Writing Research Proposals143
An Overview of Proposal Writing144
Writing a Research Proposal150
8Chemistry and the Public: Writing to Inform and Persuade161
Reporting Science: Writing to Inform161
Reading: "Chemists Dissect the Colors of Flowers"162
Chemistry and "Chemicals"164
Chemistry and Public Opinion: Writing to Persuade166
Reading: from Silent Spring168
Reading: from Acid Rain: A Plague Upon the Waters173
Reading: from Dioxin, Agent Orange: The Facts177
Credits183
Index185

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