Writing Scientific Categories

If your topic involves interpreting a scientific development or process to a non-specialist audience, simplify and analyze the topic in your own mind by brainstorming as many statements as possible under these categories:

  • Existence: How can the existence of X be shown?
  • Quantity: How large/small is X? How fast?
  • Comparison: Is X greater/less than Y? In what ways is X different from Y?
  • Correlation: Does the speed of X vary with its weight?
  • Causality: If X occurs, will Y also occur? How do we know?

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