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Reporting Results by William F. Hosford, David C. van Aken

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3 Technical Letters

Technical letters are used for communicating scientific or engineering results that are limited in scope. The letters may describe a single experiment or investigation of which the results need to be rapidly communicated. Technical letters are a common form of communication for engineers or scientists in industry. Technical letters can also be used for undergraduate laboratory report writing in which a less formal presentation is appropriate. This chapter describes the organization and basic format of a technical letter. Two examples of letter reports are given at the end of the chapter.

Organization

Organization of the letter should begin with why the letter is being written, conclusions of the investigation, and what actions ...

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