Modern Physics Research Paper

By Sandy Evans, Curriculum Leader for Science, Northview Heights Secondary School
Topic

You may choose an issue related to Modern Physics that interests you, with final approval from your instructor. Some possible topics include:

  • Time Travel: http://courses.ma.org/sciences/Lanik/Time_Travel/Index.html
  • Physics of the Impossible: by Michio Kaku (phasers, force fields, teleportation, time travel)
  • Special Relativity
  • Multiple/Parallel Universes
  • Radio Astronomy (branch of astronomy that detects/studies the radio waves emitted by celestial bodies)
  • Metaphysics (for the philosophers in the class)
  • Particle Accelerators
  • Measuring Planck's constant Perimeter Institute
  • Theories of Everything

Components of the assignment

1. Research Process (see attachment)

a) Topic Proposal
b) Research Notes and Resource List (minimum 4 sources)

2. NO essay will be accepted without a completed process package.

Research Paper

  • Double-spaced, 12 pt. font (approx. 4 to 5 pages)
  • 5 paragraph essay (three ideas to discuss topic)
  • Cross-referencing: each argument MUST be referenced by at least one source
  • Reference List: a minimum of four(4) sources, documented properly (APA)
  • Here is a link to a research essay checklist: http://homeworktips.about.com/od/paperassignments/a/researchchecklist.htm.