Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry, A, 2nd edition

  • Herbert Beall
  • John Trimbur

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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. KEY TOPICS: 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.MARKET: For anyone interested in a practical and rewarding guide to communicating successfully about chemistry.

Table of contents

1. Writing And Chemistry: The Basics.

What do Chemists Read and Write about?

How Writing about Chemistry Can Help You Become a Better Writer.

2. Writing And Scientific Responsibility.

Scientific Honesty.

Understanding the Competitive World of Science.

READING: James D. Watson, from The Double Helix.

What Counts as Science?: Alchemical Research in Question.

READING: Robert Pool, Alchemy Altercation at Texas A&M.

Competing Interests: Should Researchers Disclose Their Funding Sources?

READING: David Shenk, Money + Science = Ethics Problems on Campus.

3. Reading And Writing To Learn Chemistry.

Why Does Chemistry Seem Difficult to So Many Students?

Reading Your Textbook.

Taking and Using Lecture Notes.

Studying For Quizzes and Examinations.

4. Writing Laboratory Reports.

The Laboratory in the Study of Chemistry.

READING: Frederick H. Getman, from Life of Ira Remsen.

Preparing for the Laboratory.

The Laboratory Notebook.

The Laboratory Report.

5. How To Read A Scientific Article: Writing Summaries And Critiques.

Understanding Scientific Articles.

Reading Scientific Articles.

READING: James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick, A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid.

Writing Summaries.

Writing Critiques.

READING: Michael E. Potts and Duane R. Churchwell, Removal of Radionuclides in Wastewaters Utilizing Potassium Ferrate (VI).

6. Writing Literature Reviews.

Interpretation in Chemistry.

READING: Thomas Henry Huxley, Joseph Priestly.

W.L. Bragg, The Structure of Some Crystals.

W.C. Bray and G. E. K. Branch, Valence and Tautomerism.

G. N. Lewis, The Atom and the Molecule.

Writing the Literature Review.

Searching the Literature of Chemistry.

7. Writing Research Proposals.

An Overview of Proposal Writing.

Writing a Research Proposal.

8. Chemistry And The Public: Writing To Inform And Persuade.

Reporting Science: Writing to Inform.

READING: “Chemists Dissect the Colors of Flowers”.

Chemistry and “Chemicals”.

Chemistry and Public Opinion: Writing to Persuade.

READING: Rachel Carson, from Silent Spring.

READING: Robert Ostmann, Jr., from Acid Rain: A Plague Upon the Waters.

Michael Gough, from Dioxin, Agent Orange: The Facts.

9. Preparing Oral Presentations.

Differences Between Oral and Written Reports.

Some General Advice on Accommodating Your Listeners.

Planning an Oral Presentation on a Scientific Article.

Designing and Using Visual Aids.

Rehearsing Your Presentation.

Delivering Your Presentation.



Published by Pearson (July 21st 2000) - Copyright © 2001