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Abstract Title: The Process of Science
Abstract: We present a two-credit intermediate undergraduate course in experimental physics offered at Guilford College.  This course takes students through a simulation of the process of scientific research.  Students must choose a fundamental constant that they will attempt to measure.  They must write a proposal for their experiment, carry it out, and report their results back to their community.  Their reports consist of oral reports (that simulate conference presentations) to their class and the entire department, as well as a written report (that simulates an article in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal) at the end of the term. To succeed in the course, students must learn how to research the history and current status of a field of research, how to write a proposal (which the instructor reviews as if it were an NSF proposal), how to manage their time to complete a complex project successfully, and how to construct a scientific research article. This experience is intended to help prepare students for the process of developing a senior thesis research project.  In this poster, we present an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of this course, including examples of student work as well as plans for improvement in the future.
Abstract Type: Poster
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Session: Session II - Syllabi Poster Session

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Donald Smith
Guilford College
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