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Re: Signature limits

Postby carsncars » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:42 pm

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carsncars wrote:^ 1000 is too much. That's almost the length of the first-year physics lab reports I'm marking.

Thats what? One paragraph. Maybe a page at most? I was writing minimum of two or three pages per lab report back in high school.


Same. But the key is to be concise. :) It's funny, through my school career, the word count limits go like: 500 (Grade 8) --> 3000 (Grade 12) --> 1000-1500 (First Year) --> 15,000 (Current).

IMO it's harder to write a short report. You have to be concise and to-the-point, and decide which information is relevant and which isn't. Complete data tables are attached; your job is to analyze relevant information. It's a good skill to learn. 3000-word-limits in Grade 12 when only 1500 are really needed make people sloppy--you get phrases like, "In the end, my partner and I were able to conclude, based on our observations, that the absolute temperature was increased by the occurrence of the exothermic reaction." --> "The exothermic reaction increased absolute temperature."

Otherwise when you get to upper years and you really do need 15,000-30,000 words of information, they'll wind up being 60,000 words instead.

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Re: Signature limits

Postby 94Corolla5Speed » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:56 pm

carsncars wrote:
watkins wrote:
carsncars wrote:^ 1000 is too much. That's almost the length of the first-year physics lab reports I'm marking.

Thats what? One paragraph. Maybe a page at most? I was writing minimum of two or three pages per lab report back in high school.


Same. But the key is to be concise. :) It's funny, through my school career, the word count limits go like: 500 (Grade 8) --> 3000 (Grade 12) --> 1000-1500 (First Year) --> 15,000 (Current).

IMO it's harder to write a short report. You have to be concise and to-the-point, and decide which information is relevant and which isn't. Complete data tables are attached; your job is to analyze relevant information. It's a good skill to learn. 3000-word-limits in Grade 12 when only 1500 are really needed make people sloppy--you get phrases like, "In the end, my partner and I were able to conclude, based on our observations, that the absolute temperature was increased by the occurrence of the exothermic reaction." --> "The exothermic reaction increased absolute temperature."

Otherwise when you get to upper years and you really do need 15,000-30,000 words of information, they'll wind up being 60,000 words instead.
We were talking about character count, not word count. Big difference.

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Re: Signature limits

Postby carsncars » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:51 pm

94Corolla5Speed wrote:We were talking about character count, not word count. Big difference.


RIGHT. Well, now I feel like an idiot. Thanks. :lol:

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Re: Signature limits

Postby watkins » Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:32 pm

And besides, short and concise lab reports are so ridiculously easy to write I can nearly shit on a sheet of paper and get an A on one.
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Re: Signature limits

Postby carsncars » Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:38 pm

watkins wrote:And besides, short and concise lab reports are so ridiculously easy to write I can nearly shit on a sheet of paper and get an A on one.


Either highschool standards have dropped or I'm a hard marker, then. :? I just gave out about 3 A's in a lot of 60 papers.

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Re: Signature limits

Postby Tups » Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:39 pm

Lab reports... the first one I ever wrote during the first-year basic lab course was something like ten pages long.
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Re: Signature limits

Postby watkins » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:23 pm

carsncars wrote:
watkins wrote:And besides, short and concise lab reports are so ridiculously easy to write I can nearly shit on a sheet of paper and get an A on one.


Either highschool standards have dropped or I'm a hard marker, then. :? I just gave out about 3 A's in a lot of 60 papers.

I went to one of the top high schools in New England, and one of the better scientifically-oriented liberal arts college in the country.
Theyre just fantastically easy to write if you have half a brain
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Re: Signature limits

Postby carsncars » Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:01 am

watkins wrote:I went to one of the top high schools in New England, and one of the better scientifically-oriented liberal arts college in the country.
Theyre just fantastically easy to write if you have half a brain


Scientifically-oriented liberal arts college. I'm not sure we have an equivalent in Canada. :? Here it's either technical college, college, university-college, or university (take your pick of small, medium, large). All the universities have essentially the same quality of education at undergraduate level, and many of the university-colleges are on par--just with a different approach to teaching.

But mostly, I'm just waiting for the image resolution checker to be fixed so I can have a shiny signature like yours. :D

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Re: Signature limits

Postby theholycow » Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:05 am

watkins wrote:Theyre just fantastically easy to write if you have half a brain

What if you're not limited to half a brain? Like, what if you've got a whole brain?
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Re: Signature limits

Postby watkins » Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:17 am

Lets hope you know how to use it
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Re: Signature limits

Postby ihartmacz » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:57 am

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Re: Signature limits

Postby comingbackdown » Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:47 am

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Oh bloody f**k hell... Not this bullshit again...

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Re: Signature limits

Postby theholycow » Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:18 pm

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