During this course, many concepts in the physical sciences will be examined in detail. You will select an application, research it, and write a 750-1,000 word paper on it. The following are brief descriptions of the project tasks:
Task 1: Identify your topic and write a brief outline.
Task 2: Submit your final paper.
Possible Topics for the Application Paper
These are just ideas. You are welcome to pick another topic. The purpose of Task 1 is for you to present your topic to your instructor and receive feedback on your plans.
The physics of a sport (pick one)
The physics of a bicycle (or any other machine)
The physics of car accidents
The physics of flying
The physics of space exploration
The combustion engine
The air conditioner
The chemistry of an element (or an atomic group of elements)
Application of radioactivity (pick one)
Plastic – production and properties
Waste water treatment plants
The chemistry of a pharmaceutical (pick one)
The catalytic converter
The workings of a smokestack of a factory or a power plant
The chemistry of fertilizers
The chemistry of preservatives
To successfully complete task 1, do the following:
1. Briefly describe the application. This could be the draft for your introduction paragraph.
2. Provide a brief outline of the topics for each of the body paragraphs.
Application Paper: Task 2
1. An introduction.
2. A minimum of three body paragraphs each describing some aspect of the application. Make sure to include how each aspect relates to one or more concept(s) from this course. You may choose to include the history of the application as one paragraph.
3. A concluding paragraph.
4. You must use at least two scholarly sources in addition to the textbook as references to support your paper. Make sure to properly cite your sources.