English 2 Descriptive Essay

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This descriptive essay assignment requires students to describe an object in a kitchen, specifically describing everything from characteristics to appearance.
Admittedly, this descriptive essay did not turn out into the standards of a university student, but i will work hard to improve myself to reach a higher standard

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English 2 Descriptive Essay

  1. 1. SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND DESIGN THE DESIGN SCHOOL FOUNDATION IN NATURAL BUILD ENVIRONMENT NAME:MUHAMMAD HAZIQ BIN HJ ZARIFUL STUDENT ID NO: 0314131 TOOL SELECTED: WATER DISPENSER WORD COUNT:981 WORDS ENGLISH 2 (ENGL 0205) WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1: NARRATIVE ESSAY LECTURER: CASSANDRA WIJESURIA SUBMISSION DATE: 14TH NOVEMBER 2013
  2. 2. In the modern era or even since the early ages, we have been using tools to perform some of our daily action. Whether it is the kitchen, bathroom, classrooms, everywhere in the world, there is an object that functions solely to help us. Since these objects are very common nowadays, people don’t spend time wondering, thinking or analyze these common tools. This is mainly because people are too busy to do such things, having work, homework or housework to do. Hence a lot of people tend to think these objects are simple, when actually once they observe them, they can discover many other uses & find characteristics they never knew about them. An example of such wonders found in a typical kitchen is a water boiler. The water boiler, also called the hot water dispenser is a small electrical appliance that is used, according to its name, boils water at 100 degrees Celsius. People including me, would use them for instant noodles or tea. The boiler has a handle, a lid, a switch & most importantly the heater. The lid on top of the water dispenser can be opened to allow water to be put in so that it can be boiled & also has holes to allow heated water to flow out. The exterior of the water boiler is made of plastic, about a third of that is a translucent shade of grey so that the level of the water in the boiler can be seen, along with the numbers on the side of it, of how much volume of water is inside, from 0.5 liters to 1.7 liters, this part of the exterior however, has a more rough texture. The other two thirds of the plastic has a smooth white coat, however, there is also a red switch on the handle, which turns the water heater on or off. On the other hand, the interior of the object consist of a silver coloured heater which functions to boil the amount of water in the object to 100 degrees Celsius. The heater is made of metal & has a twisted coil shape going anti-
  3. 3. clockwise; this is so that the heat can be emitted in a large surface area. As any typical metal found in tools these days, the metal part has a very smooth feel. Specifically describing the uniqueness of my water dispenser, there is a mark printed on one side of the boiler, that indicates the brand of the object,’PENSONIC.’ On the same side as the printed mark is a sticker which shows the functions of the tool that also gives benefits not all dispensers have such as, ‘Saves 40% of energy’, ‘Coiled metal heater’ & ‘ 20% less time to wait than average heater’, these texts are mainly what we would see in their advertisements. Another visual appearance that makes it especially unique is the large amount of dust found on the exterior. This is mainly because it is put in a dusty place that is rarely cleaned, the kitchen. Other than that, the object is 3.5 kg in weight when water isn’t inside. When water is inside the hollow object of course, the weight increases as more water is added. As stated before, the object is made of plastic, so plastic absorbs the heat of it’s surroundings, hence, in a kitchen, it would normally have a room temperature of 37 degrees Celsius. However, plastic is also a conductor of heat so when water is boiled, the exterior that touches the boiling water from the inside, would be hot, it’s temperature would gradually increase until it reaches the same heat as the boiling water. The parts that don’t touch boiling water, including the lid, would still be hot as there would be steam coming out of the hot water then out of the object through the hole on the lid. While most of the parts in the object are heated, the handle wouldn’t be, as it is distanced away from boiling water or steam. This is so that it would be safe for us to hold the boiler by the handle.
  4. 4. The heater makes the sound similar to that of an oven, a constant buzz sound, until the sound of boiling water covers it up, being too loud to hear the buzz. I tapped the object on every part, the handle, the base & the main body. It’s safe to say tapping the lid is the loudest, while tapping the handle is the quietest. I then made a little experiment: adding water & see the changes in the sound of the different parts of the object. Every 0.5 liters added, I would tap the parts of the object I divided into, while making sure I release the same amount of force as it also contributes to a change in the sound. Until it reaches 2 liters, I observed that the handle doesn’t make any change, while the lid & base became quieter as water is added, then finally the main body increases in sound as more water is in the boiler, making it the loudest. The plastic boiler of course, does not emit any smell whatsoever, although, when water is boiling by it, it gives of the smell of steam through the hole on the lid, which has a hot smell like ‘burnt moisture’ or like the smell in hot spas. Exploring, Observing & analyzing the water boiler have been an informative journey. It makes me think how a simple object which, on my second paragraph, makes it sound like a plain, unembellished tool, has so much detail & uniqueness.

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