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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780673468826
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/8/1997
  • Series: Short Guide Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Writing and Chemistry 1
What Do Chemists Read and Write about? 2
How Writing about Chemistry Can Help You Become a Better Writer 5
2 Writing and Scientific Responsibility 12
Scientific Honesty 12
Understanding the Competitive World of Science 14
Reading: from The Double Helix 15
A Case of Possible Dishonesty 17
Reading: "Baltimore's Travels" 18
Reading: "Scientific Whistleblower Vindicated" 29
Reading: "Retraction," Cell 33
3 Reading and Writing to Learn Chemistry 34
Why Does Chemistry Seem Difficult to So Many Students? 34
Reading Your Textbook 37
Taking and Using Lecture Notes 44
Studying for Quizzes and Examination 46
4 Writing Laboratory Reports 52
The Laboratory in the Study of Chemistry 52
Reading: from Life of Ira Remsen 53
Preparing for the Laboratory 54
The Laboratory Notebook 55
The Laboratory Report 70
5 How to Read a Scientific Article: Writing Summaries and Critiques 90
Understanding Scientific Articles 91
Reading Scientific Articles 92
Reading: "A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid" 93
Writing Summaries 98
Writing Critiques 99
Reading: "Removal of Radionuclides in Wastewaters Utilizing Potassium Ferrate(VI)" 100
6 Writing Literature Reviews 109
Interpretation in Chemistry 110
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 Review 121
Searching the Literature of Chemistry 134
7 Writing Research Proposals 143
An Overview of Proposal Writing 144
Writing a Research Proposal 150
8 Chemistry and the Public: Writing to Inform and Persuade 161
Reporting Science: Writing to Inform 161
Reading: "Chemists Dissect the Colors of Flowers" 162
Chemistry and "Chemicals" 164
Chemistry and Public Opinion: Writing to Persuade 166
Reading: from Silent Spring 168
Reading: from Acid Rain: A Plague Upon the Waters 173
Reading: from Dioxin, Agent Orange: The Facts 177
Credits 183
Index 185
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