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Marin S Robinson, Fredricka L Stoller, Molly Constanza-Robinson, and James K Jones

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367423

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195367423.001.0001

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Writing the Experimental Approach Section

Writing the Experimental Approach Section

(p.433) 13 Writing the Experimental Approach Section
Write Like a Chemist

Marin S Robinson

Fredricka L Stoller

Molly Constanza-Robinson

James K Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on writing the experimental section of the Project Description, the section in which you tell readers how you will conduct the proposed work. Unlike the experimental section of a journal article, which is written largely after a work has been completed, here you describe proposed methodology. Reviewers, after reading this section, should be convinced that the work is plausible and that the investigator has the background and expertise necessary to carry out the proposed work. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following: ◾ Know ways to establish your expertise as a researcher ◾ Be able to share and build on preliminary results ◾ Present your proposed research in a logical order ◾ Identify obstacles in your proposed research plan This chapter covers what is normally presented in the second main section of the Project Description. Common headings in this section are EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH (level 1) Prior Accomplishments (level 2) Preliminary Results (level 2) Proposed Methodology (level 2) Objective 1. (level 3) Objective 2. (level 3) As you work through the chapter, you will write the Experimental Approach section of your own proposal. The Writing on Your Own tasks throughout the chapter guide you step by step as you do the following: 13A Share prior accomplishments 13B Share preliminary results 13C Describe your proposed methods 13D Complete the Experimental Approach section We begin with excerpt 13A, part of an Experimental Approach section that you can read and analyze on your own. Excerpt 13A is a continuation of excerpt 12A, where Aga makes the case that we need to better understand the stereochemistry of metolachlor, a widely used herbicide and potential carcinogen, as it degrades in soil. In excerpt 13A, she describes two specific research objectives needed to accomplish this task.

Keywords:   Radiation, Literature values

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