The Rhetorical Analysis of “The Chemistry of Wine Making” as an Example of Scientific Writing.

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The article “Chemistry of Winemaking: A unique Lecture Demonstration” by L. B. Church of the State University of New York, seeks to demonstrate how the winemaking process can be used as a teaching tool. Found in the Journal of Chemical Education, the text uses an instructive and formal tone while discussing the process and how it might relate to the classroom. His rhetoric leans heavily toward the use of logic. Aimed for chemistry teachers, the article refrains from using step-by-step demonstrations of each and every process, and instead discusses the use of common techniques that could be used within the framework of Winemaking. By guiding the readers through the general process, the author makes it seem a logical and easy to implement …show more content…
The author begins by presenting his purpose, which he states explicitly: “This paper proposes to show the very complex series of chemical reactions present in the preparation of wine can be used as the focal point to illustrate many other general classes of chemical reactions and physical processes” (Church 174). He continues on to say “The familiarity of most students with the finished product will help to capture and maintain their interest, and thus encourage them to learn and appreciate the chemistry being illustrated by the winemaking demonstration” (Church 174).The rest of the piece is devoted to how the project could be implemented, explaining that: Normally wine is started in the fall when the ripe grapes arc harvested. It is not ready to be tasted until at least the following May-the origin of the young, and often very harsh, ‘May Wine.’ This time sequence coincides with the typical school year and thus provides an ideal opportunity to have a continuing demonstration. As the year passes and the course progresses, continued reference can be made to the various stages of the wine production….
The suggested demonstration of making wine in the classroom and using it as the central point in many discussions of chemical reactions has not been widely practiced because of local custom, the lack of a near-by vineyard, and the necessary knowledge of just how to make wine. The last point is the purpose of this paper. (Church 174) It should be noted that the
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