Physics 121: Astronomy Project
- Due no later than (Monday) 13 December 2010
- Variable, but note that each project is a substantial part (20%) of your grade
- Many of you will write a paper of about 2000 words (or about 5 pages of 12 point Times)
- My primary criterion will be, Have I learned anything interesting from this paper?
- As a science writer, you want to educate in an entertaining way. Remember though, your reader's time is valuable. A really good paper I'll want to photocopy for my records.
- Anything relating to Astronomy of Stars & Galaxies. If uncertain, check with me. It is important to find a topic that interests you personally.
- Here are some examples
- Solar neutrinos
- Solar dynamo
- White dwarfs
- Neutron stars
- Black holes
- Edwin Hubble
- Dark matter
- Origin of elements
- Use your imagination! Fascinating and appropriate topics are out there waiting to be discovered.
- If you're not sure a particular topic is acceptable (or if you're having trouble finding one that interests you), check with me first.
- Your textbook
- Timken science library
- Wooster public library
- World Wide Web
- Sky & Telescope
- Scientific American
- The best projects are often the most creative
- astronomy-based SF stories
- children's picture astronomy books
- computer simulations
- scale models of nearby stars
- The least satisfactory projects are typically mere condensations of a single astronomy magazine article (done the night before!)