Technical Editing:
Quantitative and Technical Material — Rude 12

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  1. What is one of the copyeditor's responsibilities regarding quantitative material?
    To recheck the math on all the calculations.
    To mark up quantitative text correctly.
    To edit only for errors of grammar, punctuation, and comprehensiveness.
    All of the above.
  2. As a copyeditor, which of the following is most likely to cause technical inaccuracy when editing quantitative material?
    Misspellings in equations.
    Grammatical errors in narratives with equations.
    Changing symbols.
    Changing too much of the introductory text.
  3. When do you use figures (digits) in technical text?
    For all quantifiable units of measure.
    For all qualitative units of measure.
    For everything but quantifiable units of measure.
    For everything but qualitative units of measure.
  4. What should you do if a figure begins a sentence?
    Spell out the figure.
    Rearrange the sentence.
    Either a or b.
    Neither a nor b.
  5. Which is the correct way to write a decimal fraction less than one?
    .25
    .025
    1/4
    0.25
  6. What measurement system is used for most scientific and technical work?
    U.S. Customary System
    British Imperial System
    The metric system
  7. Which of the following is the symbol or abbreviation for velocity?
    Ms
    ms
    m/s.
    m/s
  8. How is watt abbreviated?
    W.
    W
    w.
    w
  9. How would you abbreviate 6 watts?
    6 W
    6 W.
    6 Ws
    6 Ws.
    6W
    6W.
  10. How would you abbreviate six tenths of a meter.
    .6 ms
    .6 m
    0.6 ms
    0.6 m
  11. Which of the two is an example of a built-up fraction?
    1+(x-3)
    -------  =  8
      y+2
    1+(x-3)/y+2 = 8
  12. What is a solidus?
    The line that separates the parts of a built-up fraction.
    The line that separates the parts of an inline fraction.
    The equal sign of an equation.
    The not-equal sign of an equation.
  13. Which is easier for a reader to comprehend?
    A stacked fraction.
    An inline fraction.
  14. Why would an editor choose to use an inline fraction?
    It's easier for a reader to comprehend.
    It's harder for a reader to comprehend.
    Most writers prefer inline to stacked fractions.
    Inline fractions save space.
  15. How should multiple equations be aligned on a page?
    On the left margin.
    Centered.
    Centered on the equal sign.
    On the right margin.
  16. When an equation is too long to fit on one line, where do you break it?
    After an operational sign.
    Before an operational sign.
    After the equal sign.
    After either an operational sign or an equal sign.
  17. How are unknowns and variables in equations set?
    As italic uppercase letters.
    As figures.
    As italic lowercase letters.
    As numbers.
  18. How would you mark a letter in an equation to show that it should be in italics?
    Circle it.
    Put brackets around it.
    Make a note in the margins.
    Underline it.
  19. Which of the sentences below is written correctly (assume that statistics refers to the scientific study of numbers)?
    Statistics are used by social scientists to identify trends.
    Statistics is used by social scientists to identify trends.
  20. In a table, where should information that identifies measures go?
    In the heading for rows.
    In the heading for columns.
    In either the heading for rows or for columns.
    In neither the heading for rows nor for columns.
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