As a culminating assessment in this laboratory course, you will complete a final applied project. Your final applied project will emphasize experimental design and the scientific method. The project will be a research plan that you construct for a specific issue related to the physical sciences. This research plan should be about 1-2 pages in length.
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During or at the end of the last week of the term, you will submit the research plan to the Assignments Folder for grading. At two earlier times during the term, your instructor will interact with you on specific parts of the project. At the end of week 3, you should submit Part 1 to your instructor for approval. At the end of week 5, you should submit Part 2 to your instructor for approval. No grades are assigned for these earlier submissions; only the final research plan, Part 3, will be graded and counted towards your course grade.
There are three main steps necessary for completion of the final applied project:
Part 1: Selection of a problem to study and an initial hypothesis.
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Make sure that you use a project in one of the domains of Physical Science: Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography, Physics.
Write a paragraph for each of the following points:
- Select an issue/problem/topic from one of the physical sciences: physics, chemistry, earth science, or astronomy.
- Propose an initial hypothesis related to the issue.