6.021/Notes/2006-10-06

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Technical Writing

  • Clear simple prose not laden with jargon
  • lab report is very different from research article
  • A lab report (e.g. high school) is a canned experiment written for the teacher who knows the results
  • A research article is written for peers and the results aren't known beforehand
  • This class, you're writing for peers a research article
  • Formulate figures first
    • Start from results
    • What's important about it?
    • 3 bullet points per figure
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