Allison Dexter 3 mins When you are given a writing assignment in college, either a certain number of pages or a particular word count is required. If the assignment is to write a six-page paper on a topic related to the American Revolution, you may wonder how many words are in six pages. The fact is there is no perfect answer to this question.
How many words per page generally depends on what word processor settings you're using. How many words there are on a page depends on the font type, font size, spacing, margins and paragraph length.
Depending on the assignment, the Professor may require students to divide their papers into sections, with headings and subheadings. That can also affect the number of words per page. The standard font size requirement is 12pt, and the margin requirements are one-inch on all sides. Also, in college, papers must usually be double-spaced, though single-spacing can also be required by some Professors.
There are general guidelines, on how many pages it takes to reach a word count. For example, a word essay is approximately four pages when single spaced and eight pages when double spaced. In it, Lichtenberg explains the practical and aesthetic advantages of the sqrt 2 aspect ratio, and of his discovery that paper with that aspect ratio was commonly available at the time.
There are also suggestions that the task to find a paper format that is similar to itself after being cut in half appeared as a question in mathematics exams as early as The French format series never became widely known and was quickly forgotten again. Walter Porstmann. For those interested in historic details of the discussions leading to the standard, there are some DIN committee reports, — It finally became both an international standard ISO as well as the official United Nations document format in and it is today used in almost all countries on this planet, with the exception of North America.
In , a large German car manufacturer performed a study of the paper formats found in their incoming mail and concluded that out of examined countries, 88 already used the A series formats then. While aesthetically pleasing properties have been attributed to both, the Lichtenberg Ratio has the advantage of preserving the aspect ratio when cutting a page into two.
The Golden Ratio, on the other hand, preserves the aspect ratio when cutting a maximal square from the paper, a property that seems not particularly useful for office applications. The Golden Ratio was for a while a more fashionable topic in the antique and renaissance arts literature and it has a close connection to the Fibonacci sequence in mathematics.
It was prescribed by Herbert Hoover when he was Secretary of Commerce to be used for US government forms, apparently to enable discounts from the purchase of paper for schools, but more likely due to the standard use of trimming books after binding and paper from the standard letter size paper to produce consistency and allow "bleed" printing.
In later years, as photocopy machines proliferated, citizens wanted to make photocopies of the forms, but the machines did not generally have this size paper in their bins. It also helps you know when you derail and need to get back in line. You should remember that you can make as many outlines as possible until you are satisfied. How to Manage Information Overload Start from the bottom to up. For example, start by interviewing and discussing your topic with your lecturers, colleagues and friends.
Their opinions will have an impact on defining your essay. Note their suggestions and references on paper and use them as a guide when researching. Next you can go ahead to research online for journals and articles, then check libraries for print journals and articles and magazines. Make an inventory of every research you make. Note the date, the site, and the result of the information gotten.
This will prevent you from going in circles and also help you organise your bibliography in the end. How do you know which to omit?
It is a process of constant realignment, maintaining the square at all cost. In terms of "writing" you need only to create a handful of original sentences for the entire essay: a thesis, a theme, a mini-thesis which begins each paragraph and a conclusionary sentence that says what it all means. Everything else is a variation of these four sentences in some way. Together they create the square, and the serves as the point of return -- much like Chuck Palahniuk concept of "chorus lines see in books like Fight Club, where whenever the plot gets off track he immediately comes back to one -- "I am Jack's sense of rejection.
Forget your teacher's boring prompt. Let's do real work, real writing. Here is the outline for a hypothetical five paragraph paper: Introduction: see a complete intro example here Begin with a broad, conclusive hook.
This will be the meta-theme of the paper. Example from a paper on The Great Gatsby: "When citizens exhibit a flagrant disregard of morality and law, societies quickly crumble. Ex: "This atmosphere as shown in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby -- with blatant corruption and illegal activity -- eventually seems to become all but incompatible with a meaningful incarnation of the American Dream.
These are mini-theses for each point you will argue. Sentence for second body paragraph. One sentence for third body paragraph. Restate the hook and thesis into a single transition sentence into the first paragraph.
In later years, as photocopy machines proliferated, citizens wanted to make photocopies of the forms, but the machines did not generally have this size paper in their bins. Everything else is a variation of these four sentences in some way. So go now. Therefore, you cannot reduce or magnify from one U. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.