Term Paper

Specifications for the Term Paper (worth 70 points in the writing grade category.)
The term paper should be on some topic that requires you to use physical concepts discussed in this
course to explain. Pick a device or something you have observed that you wish to explain. The
physical principles involved should be the focus of your paper (minimal information on history,
clinical indicators, etc). Your intended audience is another student in this course.
The body of the term paper should be between two and three typed, double-spaced pages (1″ margins,
12 point type). Number the pages. In addition, there must be a cover page, and a bibliography page
with at least three sources. One source must be a journal or magazine article. Indicate this source in
your bibliographic listing.
You may use either APA or MLA style guidelines. Here is a reference for APA style
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/. Here is a reference for MLA style
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/. For other useful resources on writing, please see
the Writing Lab’s website and the tutorials therein at http://ustudies.semo.edu/writing/writing_lab.asp.
Academic Honesty will be strictly enforced. For guidance regarding Academic Honesty and the
possible sanctions for violations, please see the Judicial Affairs website at
Possible Research Topics (Not Exhaustive)
Microwave Oven CD player Geothermal heating/cooling
Standard Television MP3 Players Fiber Optics
High Definition Television VCR The Global Positioning System
Radio or Stereo DVD player Physics of a particular sport
Eyeglasses Cassette player Astronomy
Telescope Photography Cellular Phones
Microscope Laser printer TV Remote Controls
Radar Ink-jet printer High-speed trains
Lasers Motion sensing lights
Ultrasound (for imaging or
Superconductors Bar code scanners
Medical diagnostic equipment
(e.g. x-ray, MRI)
Physics of a particular musical
Airplanes (i.e. flight) Radioactive dating Other Suitable Topic
Hearing Aides Solar energy
Submit a one-paragraph proposal for your paper to the Drop Box by Thursday, 25 October 2012.
Indicate the topic and how you plan to cover it in the paper.
The term paper is due by Tuesday, 20 November 2012.


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