SO503 Honors Modern Methods
Lab 2: MS Word
Understand the use of ASCII text for transfer of information.
Learn the following features of the word processor: importing graphics,
table creation, equation editor, figure captions, and using symbols.
Consider how to deal with vector quantities like wind or current speeds.
file WPLAB.DAT (on the J: drive in D10, and on the course WWW site) contains two
data sets, done in an unknown word processor. The person who prepared the data sets did not transform the
file to ASCII text, so you will have to deal with the resulting mess.
This is a lesson to you that if you are unsure of the word processor that
will be used at the other end, send an ASCII text file.
You will have to import the files into an editor (you can use NotePad,
WordPad, or the word processor) to see what is going on).
will turn in the following, all printed from Word:
Graphs of the wind speed and direction at BWI
during January 1990.
A calculation of the average velocity of the wind
at BWI during the month of January 1990.
To get the average velocity, you must break the wind vector into x
and y components, average them, and then turn the final result back into a
vector of direction and speed.
A equation (from the equation editor) showing how you used the Pythagorean
theorem to get the average speed from the x and y components.
A paragraph discussing how your vector average
corresponds with reality as expressed in the two graphs, and suggesting any
other statistics you think might help understand the average wind at BWI.
A table with the time, wind speed and direction for
the period 15 Jan to 20 Jan.
Format this to be "pretty" and not kill an inordinate amount of
Format this to be "pretty" and not kill an inordinate amount of paper.
A graph of the second data set (unidentified, so as
not to bias your discussion).
A discussion paragraph of why you should or should
not filter the second data set.
The figures will be numbered Fig.1, Fig.2, etc.,
and will be referenced in your text discussion, as well as having captions.
You will have the degree symbol º (not a
superscript 0) used prominently.
Very handy Word Processor tricks:
Look up in the help how to get this.
Insert, Object is a good starting point. This may not be installed by default on your system, and you
might want to add it.
SymbolsNß. Insert, Symbol. The Normal text and symbol fonts are your best bets. The more exotic ones might not be on another person’s system.
Hanging Indent: first line out to margin, rest indented; useful for outlines or bibliographies.
Format, paragraph, Special.
a file from the WWW
click for imagery
save for the text on a page
BMP, JPEG, TXT, or HTML, depending
You can also use Copy, and then Paste directly into Word or PowerPoint