Extra Credit Term Paper
(Adapted from Bloomfield)
You examine the
of an object or situation that is of interest to you.
into your selected topic will give you experience:
Finding the physics concepts that make objects or situations possible,
Seeing the roles of physics in ordinary life,
Distinguishing between scientific analysis and speculation, and
Using reference sources, including books, journals, and electronic media, thoughtfully,
skeptically, accurately, and ethically.
Length for Term Paper:
This is an extra credit assignment.
You may earn as much as 5 points that will be added
to your overall course grade, but you must do a good job to get any points at all.
See the rubric for the
You are expected to have at least three sources, other than the course textbook.
At least one
of these three sources must not be from the internet.
(There is much good information on the internet,
but there is also much that is not correct.)
You can find many good references at the library.
Footnotes and Bibliography:
You must include bibliography at the end of the paper.
your internet references and any experts that you consulted in your research.
You must footnote sources
Avoid using quotations, but if you do have quotations, then you must footnote the
(I am not particular about the format you use for referencing/footnoting your sources, but I do
expect direct uses of other peoples words or ideas to be noted.)
The term paper is a pledged assignment that must be completed entirely in your own words.
You may not work with anyone else on the paper.
You MUST submit your term paper using Turnitin.
TURNITIN, online plagiarism software, will be used
for this assignment.
To turn in your paper you will go to Assignments in Blackboard and submit the
paper in one of these file formats:
MS Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, and plain text,
with a maximum size of 10MB.
"Students agree that by taking this course, all required papers, exams, class projects or other
assignments submitted for credit may be submitted to turnitin.com or similar third parties to review and
evaluate for originality and intellectual integrity. A description of the services, terms and conditions of
understand all work submitted to turnitin.com will be added to its database of papers. Students further
understand that if the results of such a review support an allegation of academic dishonesty, the course
work in question as well as any supporting materials may be submitted to the Honor Council for
investigation and further action."
Late Papers are not accepted.