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See this sentence: The computation of strains, stresses and axial forces in the bar elements is straightforward.

Why not use computations here? I think since there are several different types of items mentioned after the preposition 'of', it makes more sense to use 'computations' instead of the singular form. In practice, especially in academic writing, how to determine whether use 'the + singular-form noun' or 'the + plural-form noun'?

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    "Computation" is an activity, and can be undertaken in small discrete bits or in large amorphous globs. If, indeed, the activity is "straightforward" it is reasonable to consider it to be a single glob. – Hot Licks May 16 '17 at 11:46
  • Thanks @Hot. You really help me out in such a situation which often makes a headache. – Wenjin Xing May 16 '17 at 11:58
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    You can think of it as an action. The act of computing. In other words, no S. – aparente001 May 17 '17 at 6:02

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