StopSaw–Tabitha Corrao

1. “The system can tell the difference between your finger and the wood. So when your cutting wood if you accidently run your hand into the blade it will stop it so quickly that you’ll get a little nick instead of taking some fingers off.

2. The exultant inventor claims that he made a safer table saw that could stop thousands of amputations in the United States every year.   

3. This claim is a categorical claim.

4. The Steve Glass the exultant inventor of the table saw uses an electrical sensor to tell when the blade comes in contact with flesh instead of wood. To prove that his invention worked Steve Glass conducted many trail runs of his invention using hot dogs because they have the same salty conductivity as human fresh. However, people had doubts whether the invention would stop for human flesh, so Steve set up a new trail using his own finger. When the table saw’s blade came into contact with his finger the blade disappeared under the table and didn’t draw blood. Steve stated it felt like a “buzz” or a “tickle” after coming into contact with the blade.

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1 Response to StopSaw–Tabitha Corrao

  1. davidbdale says:

    Thanks for posting early, Tabitha. Because you did, I have a chance to offer you early advice before your work is graded; you have a chance to correct some small errors; others get a chance to participate in the process and learn by watching. I hope you’ll always consider being early: it takes some courage, which I appreciate.

    First, the red notes, which you can remove when you make corrections if you wish. Mr. Gass’s last name isn’t Glass. It’s also a rule of writing for academic and commercial purposes that we don’t refer to people by their first name, only their last. So the first time, call him Steve Gass; after that, just call him Gass.

    In the Resources category, find a link to Grammar Basics, Tabitha. You’ll find Commandments there you’re not allowed to break. One will help you choose the right version of your/you’re for every occasion.

    I can’t tell where your quote ends. (1) If the entire paragraph is quotation, I won’t ask you to remove the many “you”s. They’re acceptable in speech. But if only the first sentence is quoted, I’ll ask you to avoid 2nd person altogether; it’s not OK in academic writing.

    (2) certainly seems like a reasonable conclusion Gass could draw from the evidence, and it’s certainly at least a categorical claim (3) if by that you mean he claims his saw belongs to the category “safer saw.” It’s also very importantly a causation claim, don’t you think?

    So, what’s going on in your analysis (4), Tabitha? The only reasonable conclusion I can draw from what I read here is that you find the evidence of Gass’s demonstration pretty compelling, but you don’t actually assess the “accuracy, quality, reasonableness, and persuasiveness of the claim, and any support that is offered for the claim,” at least not in so many words. To what degree does the Gass argument fulfill these goals, would you say?

    You can either edit post or publish a new one titled StopSaw Revised, Tabitha. Again, thank you for posting early. 🙂

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