Information for Students in the Honors Sections of
Bang, Black Holes, No Math
(ASTR/PHYS 109, Not updated for Fall 2017 yet***)
The Honors version of ASTR/PHYS 109 (section 200) meets with the regular sections (500) during the regular lecture times.
In addition to doing all the assignments in the main course, students in the honors sections will do an extra paper
on a topic not covered in class. In some ways this will be a paper like the others in the class
(for example it will be similar in that the introduction should lay out all the pieces of evidence/topics that make up your paper, the bulk of your paper should explain these pieces in more detail, and your conclusion will tie the evidence together, not just restate it) but in many ways it will be very different. For example:
- It will be 5 pages instead of 2
- The topic is of the student's choosing, but must be approved by the instructor. It must be related to the topics in the class, but go BEYOND what is discussed in class.
- The audience is not the reader of the typical papers, but is rather a reader that has taken the course already. For this reason, you are expected to spend as little time as possible on topics which are already covered in the textbook. They will be bored by this. By the same token it is important to make it clear why the topic you have selected is important and interesting, and detail the understand of the science as evidenced today.
- It will not be gathering information from the book/lecture, but rather from information from outside of class (books, internet, articles etc.). Some examples of previously used topics can be found here. We encourage you to read the rest of the book BEFORE starting your literature search and/or trying to pick a topic.
- You are expected to be in email contact with the instructor once a week (usually by Monday at noon), and there will be a number of stages with deadlines. These are not the deadlines by which a stage must be completed, but are the deadlines for when a solid first draft must be submitted for each stage. You will then iterate with the instructor until each stage is explicitly approved. All stages must be approved to complete the assignment.
In addition to weekly emails with the instructor, there are three distinct parts/stages of the paper, each with its own due date (Follow the links for more details on each):
- Stage 0: This is where you pick your topic and get it approved by the instructor. A list of previously used topics can be found here. More detail on the requirements, and what must be submitted for Stage 0, can be found
here. The first draft of the proposal is due, in email, to the instructor, on Monday Jan 30th, 2017. Since many people often want to do the same topic, please let us know if you do, or do not, want to be put in touch with others doing the same topic. You can discuss, share materials, etc. You will have to iterate with the instructor until it is approved.
- Stage 1: This is where you give a short overview of what the paper will be about and list the paragraphs you will have in the paper. Remember the format is basically the same as the other papers in the class (typically the first paragraph is the Introduction, then you will have a set of evidence/description paragraphs, and then a conclusion paragraph) so we are just trying to get a sense of what's in the paper, and make sure it has the right length/depth. This stage must be approved by the instructor. More detail on the requiremens for what must be submitted for Stage 1, (including your reading list, and proposed paper title) can be found here. The proposal is due, in email to the instructor, on Monday, February 13th, 2017. You will have to iterate with the instructor until it is approved.
- Stage 2: This is where you write a more detailed outline of the paper using a particular (and well specified format), including a first paragraph and get it approved by the instructor. More detail on the requirements, and what must be submitted for Stage 2, can be found here. The proposal is due, in email to the instructor, on Monday April 3rd, 2017.You will have to iterate with the instructor until it is approved.
- Final Paper: This is where you write the Final Paper. More detail on the requirements, and what must be submitted for the Final Paper, can be found here. Note that the paper is NOT done via CPR, rather the paper is graded by the TA using the
turnitin interface on eCampus. It is due on the last day of class which is Monday May 1st, 2017
A document on plagiarism, should you have any questions, can
be found here
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(Last updated by Dave Toback on 08/21/17)
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