Language: Being Familiar

  • Michael Alley


To inform your audience, you have to use language that your audience understands. When you have an audience outside your area of expertise, it is often difficult to find familiar language. Why? Scientists and engineers work on particular crooks of particular ridges of particular mountains, and each mountain has its own special set of terms. These terms may be words or abbreviations:
  • Plasma Physics: glow discharge MHD

  • Hemodynamics: immunodeficiency B cells

  • Spectroscopy: gas chromatography GC/MS


Heat Transfer Fluid Railway Carriage Familiar Language Empire State Building Solar Energy Technology 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Alley
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  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer EngineeringVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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