What is Introductions: Definition and 28 Discussions

In an essay, article, or book, an introduction (also known as a prolegomenon) is a beginning section which states the purpose and goals of the following writing. This is generally followed by the body and conclusion.
The introduction typically describes the scope of the document and gives the brief explanation or summary of the document. It may also explain certain elements that are important to the essay if explanations are not part of the main text. The readers can have an idea about the following text before they actually start reading it.
ln technical writing, the introduction typically includes one or more standard subsections: abstract or summary, preface, acknowledgments, and foreword. Alternatively, the section labeled introduction itself may be a brief section found side-by-side with abstract, foreword, etc. (rather than containing them). In this case the set of sections that come before the body of the book are known as the front matter. When the book is divided into numbered chapters, by convention the introduction and any other front-matter sections are unnumbered and precede chapter 1.
Keeping the concept of the introduction the same, different documents have different styles to introduce the written text. For example, the introduction of a Functional Specification consists of information that the whole document is yet to explain. If a Userguide is written, the introduction is about the product. In a report, the introduction gives a summary about the report contents.

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  1. R

    Forge press build - structural load help

    Hello everyone, My name is Rick. I am not an engineer nor am I a student. I am simply a hobby maker that does machining, blacksmithing and fabrication using a combination of materials. Typically ferrous metals, wood and stone. I am constantly bumping into areas of knowledge in which I have...
  2. Elementi

    How Can a Non-Physics Parent Support Their Child's Passion for Physics?

    Hi everyone! My daughter is studying A-levels in physics and she is appassionate about it. I have never studied physics (I studied biology) but I'm trying to support my daughter and understand when she talks to me. And to share something with her. So I will be posting my questions here, in...
  3. Leticia

    Hello! I'm an undergrad student looking to discuss physics

    Hello! I'm in sixth semester of Physics undergrad, I'm looking for a place to talk to other physics students and discuss interesting problems and questions. I'm happy to meet you!
  4. florida23

    How can scientists share knowledge and promote learning?

    Happy to be here and spread some knowledge! Hoping to learn and teach as much as I can.
  5. Daniel_J

    Is There a Biology Sub-Forum in This Physics Forum?

    When I check biology forum then I found this phsics forum has biology sub forum.
  6. DiamondTiara

    Exploring the Universe: A Journey through Astronomy and Cosmology

    Hello there. I am Diamond Tiara and I am interested in Astronomy and Cosmology. I am also into fictional works involving solar systems and planets.
  7. josephpayne Referen

    What is the Role of Scientists in Building Online Communities?

    Hello everyone) I'm new here and happy to be a part of your community)
  8. A

    What sparked your interest in astronomy and astrophysics?

    Well hello everyone, my name is Aaliya, I'm a first year engineering student and I have a passion for astronomy and astrophysics!!
  9. rohit_astro2004

    What are the latest developments in pulsar research at TIFR, India?

    Heyy Guys, I am Rohit Nair, SYBSC physics maths student from st. Xavier's College, Mumbai, India. I have a strong curiosity and thirst to learn and solve maths and physics problems. Currently working under a project on pulsars in TIFR, India's research institute. Also, I am into experimental...
  10. C

    What research path should I take after my MSc in particle physics?

    Hello there! I am an MSc student with a focus on particle physics instrumentation. I am still thinking of whether I should pursue a PhD in particle physics or other research topics (materials/semicon related) or moving out of the academia. I am here to seek for advice and hope that I will...
  11. Maclaurinssadism

    New student being punished by infinite series

    Hey Everyone, I'm a recently new bachelor student in Physics. I'm around my 20's. I'm from switzerland.
  12. P

    Well here I am!!.I hope this forum will help me grow with Physics.

    I'm currently in high school ,and am a science student. I find physics Interesting I hope to learn more from this amazing physics community. Wish me luck for the future!! 👨‍🔬
  13. luro1964

    Is It Ever Too Late to Learn Physics and Math?

    I have no tertiary physics or maths training but have developed a rather late interest in physics (and some maths). Never too late to learn, as they say. Anyway, just wanted to say thank you for being part of your community! Luk
  14. J

    What can I learn from being a member of Physics Forums?

    I have learned a lot from you and I am now proud to be a member of Physics Forums.
  15. I

    Who is Bob? A Self-Studied Science Enthusiast on Physics Forums

    Hi, my name is "Bob" and I like science. I joined this for the amount of wealth of knowledge this site has and/or can provide. A bit about me... I am a science enthusiast and I do daily experiments in my secluded "Lab" (a torn down shed, also a fire hazard) I am mostly self-studied, and being...
  16. harambe

    Can You Learn and Love STEM? Welcome to My Introduction!

    Hi!I am new here so it's nice to meet you all and I hope I can live up to your expections :D
  17. P

    Be gentle, I'm new at this

    Hello, I'm just getting my feet wet in the world of engineering. I'm currently enrolled at Minnesota State College Southeast Technical for Mechanical Drafting & Design. I'm looking forward to being a part of this community. Thanks in advance for all the help and I'll do my best to help...
  18. Bran

    Who is Bran Wildes and What Brings Them to the PF Community?

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  19. Geofleur

    Other Concise yet clear introductions to advanced subjects

    My favorite physics textbooks are often concise yet clear, and I thought it might be useful if there were a list of everyone's favorite concise yet clear physics textbooks, specifically introductions to advanced subjects that assume only a solid undergraduate preparation in physics. I will start...
  20. moriheru

    Introductions to number theory

    Greetings, I am looking for a accesable introduction to the field of number theory that leads up to primes eulers proof of infinite primes, goldbach proof of inifinite primes and their deriviations(the deriviations are the most important and should be clear if possible) and so on. I have a...
  21. moriheru

    Introductions to Quantum-biology?

    I have been learning QFT for some while now so I intend on giving it a rest and starting a different field. Does anybody know of a good mathematical Introduction to Quantum-biology?Thanks for any help
  22. marcus

    What are the best introductory resources for learning Loop Quantum Gravity?

    There were questions in a couple of threads about what books/papers/recorded lectures could serve to give a good introduction to LQG. I gathered some excerpts from Leucippus' posts and want to make a fresh start---trying to understand and to stay more focused on the central problem. In general...
  23. B

    Direct Proofs: Are They Just Introductions?

    Hey guys, I'm in a proof class right now. We've covered direct proofs and moved on, but I'm still curious about them. Is there any important theorem that has even been derived using a direct proof (assume p to show q) or are they mainly just used to introduce proofs? In class, we only ever...
  24. M

    Ordinary/Partial Diff Eq books? And any introductions to Green's functions?

    I took a class on ODEs and have used them in my physics classes fairly often, but I would like a book that I could go back and learn more about differential equations. Tenenbaum and Braun have been suggested but there are quite a lot of books out there, searching has The second part is that...
  25. J

    Introductions to Electrical Power Systems

    Hello everyone, Could anyone recommend any good introductions to Electrical Power Systems and Power Engineering? I would be very interested to find out more about the history of why we choose the frequencies we use for power systems. For instance, why is it so important that frequency be...
  26. N

    Exploring the Mystery of Electrons and Positrons: An Introduction and FAQs

    Hello everyone. I have so many questions. I have started reading the FAQs and that has helped some. I will continue reading so I hope you will cut me some slack if I asked simple, already answered questions... I read that an electron is the same thing as a positron, except they have diferent...
  27. C

    Introductions to quantum computing

    are there any introductions out there which are aimed for physicists? I ask as its really interesting to me however I have very little background in comp sci or EE
  28. S

    Good introductions to quantum field theory and vacuum

    I am to produce a research presentation for a class of Masters' physics students on the casimir force, going via a detailed treatment of the vacuum effects in conducting cavities, going on to explain some real phenomena and applications. What I am after is a good introductory text on quantum...