* Identify possible research topics of interest
* Learn to search for scientific articles in the library
* Find review articles to identify outstanding questions and good resources
* Skim most articles in your area of interest, read the best five carefully
* Articulate a research question
* Produce an annotated bibliography of research articles
* Propose research to carry out in spring to investigate your question
weeks 1-4: We discussed topics of active research
in physics and astronomy, in the context of lectures, seminars, and minilectures.
You began reading journal articles.
week 5: Library research
workshop with Sara Pederson: Library
resources and NASA ADS service
week 6: Your interim
research planning report is due Monday.23.Feb. You have next week free
to do it.
week 7: Work on your interim report,
and attend the Avoiding Plagiarism workshop at the Writing Center
Wednesday at 4:30.
week 8: Complete your workshop
on Questions & Hypotheses, and post it to WebX.
week 9: Consider how you could test your best
Question(s), and return to the library to investigate further.
week 10: Present your final Research Planning Report
in class, post your Word document on WebX, and give your prof
a hardcopy. Include:
* Your topic, and what motivates your interest (1-2 paragraphs)
* your Research question(s)
* 3 hypotheses for each question: primary, alternative,
* Literature review on your question: who else is working
on this, and what do they think about it?
* strategies for investigating your question, including tests
* plan of activities for spring quarter
* annotated bibliography
You will probably need about 5 pages for your Research Planning
Report, and 3-5 pages for your annotated bibliography.