EGM 4313 Intermediate Engineering Analysis, Spring 2012 (syllabus and other important info)
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"The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a
matter of mathematical or experimental skill."
— Attributed to A. Einstein in [Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover]
"People who wish to analyze nature without using mathematics must settle for a reduced understanding."
|Plagiarism: Don't copy verbatim, rewrite in your own words, give references|
As I prepared my lecture on first-order PDEs, I found the following passage in Lapidus & Pinder 1982, p.6, rather obscure to explain to students, and reread it several times:
Then one day, I looked at Selvadurai 2000, p.90, I saw a passage, equally obscure, that I recalled seeing somewhere before:
Since the above passage in Selvadurai 2000, p.90, was so similar to that in Lapidus & Pinder 1982, p.6, the way I quickly reproduced it was to simply copy the passage in Lapidus & Pinder 1982, p.6, that I already retyped further above, and then just changed a few words, thus showing how close the two passages were.
Note that Selvadurai 2000 obscurely and remotely referred to Lapidus & Pinder 1982 on p.571, in a list of references related to first-order PDEs. It is unlikely for any reader to see the above close similarity between the two passages in Selvadurai 2000 and Lapidus & Pinder 1982 without reading carefully both books.
A more appropriate way is to put the reference where the material is used, and avoid repeating verbatim the words of the original authors. It is best to rewrite the material in your own words. A model for writing and referencing is the wiki article Configuration integral (statistical mechanics).
In my lecture, I present the above matter from a completely different angle, which, it is hoped, is clearer to students.
Egm6322.s09 12:56, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Collaboration, not plagiarism: When you copy certain any existing wiki article so to extend (e.g., adding more material) and to improve upon it (e.g., rewriting it), you play the role of a co-author, not the author, of the existing work; always cite the original work with appropriate links.
Egm6321.f09 18:27, 8 September 2009 (UTC)