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English Writing for Physicists 
Sommersemester 2021
Lehrstuhl für Physik I (E18) - (Prof. Paul)
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This course aims at teaching two key competences in scientific life:
How to write a scientific paper/thesis
How to write clear applications

We discuss all aspects of scientific paper writing and touch the following subjects

Style of (scientific) english writing
- basic english grammar
- elements of style with emphasis on commonly occurring mistakes
- editing your own writing
- introduction to English references

How to frame a paper
- How to choose the journal
- How to choose a title
How to structure a paper and the scientific content
- Abstract writing
- Laying out of a paper
- Laying out of plots and graphs
- How to efficiently prepare a paper (includes paper writing in collaborations)
Referencing (including pratice with endnotes and bibtex)

- How to write a conference abstract
- How to write proceedings (strong page limitations)

Thesis (master/PhD thesis)
- appropriate structuring your thesis (introduction, main body, conclusions, appendices..)

Funding applications:
- Determine what you really want/need
- Choose the context/topic
- Joint funding
- How to choose the funding agency/funding program
- How to choose your language and style of writing

The course will give guidelines (there a few general rules) on how to organize and conduct your work. The course will work with real examples ((famous) papers, theses, applications). Using examples the participants will have to design/write their own sample work (like abstracts, introductions, conclusions, summaries). A native English speaker will give hints on proper use of english language, idioms and writing style all adapted to the scientific context, based on well referenced standards.
english language, basic physics (bachelor level)
Competence writing english language
Competence writing well readable and well structured scientific paper/thesis using english language
Competence writing clear applications for third party funding

Lecturing using presentations and blackboard, usage of key scientific articles to demonstrate good and bad practice from various key international journals

Practice in scientific writing/reading under supervision
Für die Anmeldung zur Teilnahme müssen Sie sich in TUMonline als Studierende*r identifizieren.
Key book:
W. Strunk & E.B. White, The Elements of Style (top priority) (10$)

other books:
K. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
The Chiago Manual of Style (Thick reference book)
The Garner’S Modern American Usage (Thick reference book)
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E-Learning Kurs (Moodle)