Miscellaneous Errors and Problems
Here's a miscellany of standard rules that people need to know for doing well in this course. Study these carefully and review your writing projects for these rules before handing them in.
- Avoid extend text with italics, bold, all-caps, color, or combinations thereof. This is what notices are for.
- Write out acronyms on first occurence:
In 1977 and 1978, NASA launched the first two High-Energy Astronomy Observation (HEAO) satellites to study black holes.
- Do not use init caps on written-out versions of acronyms if the written-out version is not proper noun:
The "brain" of the computer is the central processing unit (CPU).
- Avoid wrong or unnecesssary caps: https://www.prismnet.com/~hcexres/textbook/gram2.html#cap
- Avoid using the slash: it can mean per, and, or, and/or, or through. Plus, it's just plain lazy.
- Avoid Latin abbreviations: i.e., e.g., and especially etc. For etc., rephrase with such as ... and:
- Use the semicolon correctly: https://www.prismnet.com/~hcexres/textbook/gram1.html#semi
- Skip a line between parags, before and after lists.
- Write the figure title (caption) below the figure; write the table title above the table. For details, see figures and tables, charts, graphs.
- Explain the main trend in any figure, table, or chart in the text just before, and include a cross-reference: https://www.prismnet.com/~hcexres/textbook/cross.html
- Keep type size in tables and figures the same as the size in regular body text (no larger).
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