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Filename: 32a68775f78a4f45df7d932e8fa2d6c7373a2dd6.doc Date Modified: 6/2/2002 01:38:00 PM PHYSICS 132 PROJECT INFORMATION (SPRING 2000) Schedule Mon Mar 20 Project Information Distributed Tue Mar 21 5pm Project Preferences due Wed Mar 22 Project Teams formed Mon Mar 24 Team Project proposals due Mon Mar 27 Proposals Returned/Projects Begin Fri Apr 14 Formal Project Report Due Before Class (Version 1) Wed Apr 19 Project Report Returned for revision Tues Apr 25 Formal Project Report Due by 5 pm (Version 2) Wed/Fri April 26/28 Fri April 28 Group Assessment Summary Forms Due at 5pm (No credit for project until form from each team member received) Physics Project The goals of your project are to: (1) help you extend your understanding of a topic in physics of special interest to you and one or two partners; (2) give you experience with teamwork; (3) help you learn more about the processes of scientific investigation and library research, and (4) enhance your ability to give an oral presentation and to write a well organized and lucid scientific report using contemporary computer tools. Because your project is a collaborative effort with 2 or 3 investigators it should be a substantial report backed by both data your team has obtained and by library research on theoretical aspects of the topic you are studying. An appropriate report length is about 20 pages. The 20 pages is a guideline and not an exact requirement, so don't bother padding the report with unorganized ramblings, irrelevant data or wide margins and big spaces. You are encouraged to choose a team of 2 or 3 to investigate one of the following areas: electricity, circuits, magnetism, or thermodynamics. Each project must involve both theoretical and experimental research which can be done collaboratively. The intended audience for your report is a classmate with a similar physics background to yours who has not done your specific project. You and your partners can work together to prepare data tables, graphs, and apparatus drawings. The formal requirements for each project will inlcude: (1) a written team report in which the details of organization and the actual writing, derivation of needed equations are worked out by your team and (2) an oral presentation for your class.
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Modified: 6/2/2002 01:38:00 PM Page 2 For Theoretical Background A required component of every project is to learn about your topic and speak and write about it in an organized way in your project report citing important references. References to books and journal articles will be essential to help you with historical background, qualitative discussions of phenomena, and the derivation of key equations used for data analysis. In fact, you are required to cite relevant references in your report. In addition to the introductory physics textbooks available in Room 104 there are a number of other books and
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