Glenbrook South Year-End Projects
The Physics of
One of the objectives of the year-end project is to demonstrate
the ability to cooperate/collaborate with others in order to sustain
a challenging project which is sustained over a lengthy period of
time. There are a number of means by which you and your group can
demonstrate this ability to collaborate. The following are offered as
- Each Physics 163 project group will be given an e-mail account
which will be active only for the duration of the project. This
e-mail account is to be used exclusively for use on the year-end
project. You and your group will be required to periodically send
e-mail messages to other project groups who are engaged in the
same study - the study of the physics of roller coasters. You will
be asked to e-mail the other Physics 163 project groups on at
least three occasions:
- After the first draft of the literature search.
This e-mail should briefly describe your research interests, a
brief citing of the sources which you have found most useful,
and a question which you hope another Physic 163 student can
- After the Technology Acquaintance Day. This e-mail should
describe the purpose of your experiment (including dependent
and independent variables) and list the equipment which you
will be using to accomplish this purpose.
- After the last day of experimentation. This e-mail should
describe the results of your experiment and describe your
tentative plans for the presentation (e.g., how you will be
organizing the presentation and what audio-visual or visual
tools you will use).
- Your e-mail account can be used to send and receive
communications from scientists whose addresses you locate on the
World Wide Web. Such correspondence should be intelligent,
cordial, and respectful. When asking a question of a scientist,
- be as specific as possible so that the scientist
is able to respond succinctly and still answer your question.
- be respectful of the scientist's time, allowing her/him an
opportunity to decline the return correspondence (e.g., "If
your time does not allow you to respond to my question, then I
would totally understand...").
- avoid asking questions which you could answer yourself by
doing simple literature research.
- Your e-mail account can be used to join the ... (still under
- There are several pages on the World Wide Web that invite
students to ask a scientist. By e-mailing an intelligent
question, you are likely to receive an intelligent answer. A few
such addresses include:
- You may collaborate with a
cooperating scientist through the
Emissary Project at the University of Texas-Austin. With your
permission, your teacher will apply for the project and (if
available) you will be assigned a subject matter expert whose
focus of professional study corresponds to your area of interest.
You can subsequently ask questions and receive prompt answers. The
Emissary Project does require that you send and receive at least
three mail messages a week. This involves a strong commitment! Yet
once you identify an area of interest, you will likely benefit
greatly from such a commitment.
- Our school has already registered our project with the
Network's Internet Project Registry. By registering with GSN,
we have become listed as a school conducting research on the
physics of roller coasters. Your group can search on-line to see
if there are any other high school students conducting similar
projects. If you are fortunate enough to find such a group of
students, you are welcome to collaborate with them on your
project. You may find that you can offer each other much
assistance in finding information, sharing experimental data, and
sharing successes and failures. It is definitely worth a try.
- More to come... still under construction.
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