When I hear “specific,” I automatically think of “specific heat,” the heat required to raise the temperature of the unit mass of a given substance by a given amount (usually one degree). Wow, specific heat is pretty specific!

Let’s Get Specific by Beth Johnson illustrates the power that specificity adds to an argument or conversation. It leaves a stronger impact on the other party when used correctly in an interaction. In addition, it makes the speaker seem more reliable or trustworthy.

This reminds of my first period AP Chemistry class, or any science class in general. No data is reliable or has any worth unless it is specific and accurate.

For example,

“can you hand me the alcohol?”

“Sure, here you go.”

“Oh, not the Ethyl one, the Isopropyl alcohol.”

“Oh, my bad, here you go.”

“No!! Not the 5%, the 17%!”

See? The results would be disastrous. Nothing would be able to be calculated properly and all the procedures and write ups would be speculation, not cold-hard evidence.

Labeling every jar, beaker, graduated cylinder, and substances is a given and not putting the units after your calculations would be social suicide!!


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