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A Revolutionary System for Learning Engineering Writing 
developed by a mechanical engineer 

Book cover features a hand writing with a spark plug

  

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 math-based 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 five essential document structures including proposal memos, status emails, and project reports.

 

Each self-contained chapter opens with learning outcomes and concludes with optional activities to reinforce learning, making the text ideal for targeted self-study as well as classroom instruction. Learning outcomes are aligned with ABET general criterion 3.3.

 

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 communication exchanges and modes of persuasion, it is also an ideal text for engineering professionalism courses.