A Revolutionary System for Teaching Engineering Writing
developed by a mechanical engineer
A Math-Based Writing System for Engineers: Sentence Algebra & Document Algorithms
Available from Springer Nature
This professional title presents a new system for teaching engineers the essentials of effective writing in industry. Using mathematical metaphors, equations, and examples, the book covers engineering writing on the macro level of workplace documents, and the micro-level of clear, concise sentences and grammatical components.
The Sentence Algebra sections use algebraic equations and variables to teach applied grammar and sentence-level editing techniques. The Document Algorithms chapters use flowcharts to teach seven essential document structures including proposals, status emails, and project reports.
Each chapter opens with learning outcomes and concludes with optional activities to reinforce learning, making it an ideal teaching text. Learning outcomes are aligned with ABET criterion g.
Who should use the book:
Instructors, students, and industry professionals. Because the method uses math as a universal touchstone, this book is well-suited for both native and multilingual engineers who use English as a key business language. With its focus on critical document forms and modes of persuasion, it is an ideal text for engineering professionalism courses.