Astronomy ec

RULES FOR ALL EXTRA CREDIT PAPERS AND “MAKE-UP EXAM” PAPERS:

1. Topic Choice: Topics must be from the approved list found in this packet (next page). You cannot

turn in a paper from another class.

2. Quotations: In the body of any paper, you must include at least two direct quotations of material from

the sources in your bibliography. Use quotation marks or indenting to indicate clearly that these are

quotations. You may use any format for citing from the sources.

3. Sources and Sources Page: You must uses at least three sources other than your official class texts. You

can use those too. List all sources on a sources page, which does not count toward the total number of pages

required for this paper. You may use any format for listing your sources.

4. Length of Papers: Must be at least four pages of paragraph-form text (pictures/tables/lists etc. don’t

count) It is OK to leave some blank space on 1ST and 4TH pages but, combined, those two pages should add

to at least one full page of text.

5. Typing Style: All papers must be typed, double-spaced, no fonts larger than 12, no margins greater

than 1 inch.

6. Copying from Sources: Do not copy groups of sentences off a web site or out of a book or other source

to compose your paper except in places where you put the material in quotes and cite a source. Your paper

must be an original paper written by yourself. All sources must be listed (cited) on your sources page. You

shall not submit a paper that was not written in bulk by you for this class or which you already used for

credit in another class. The instructor reserves the right to give no credit to a paper found to be in substantial

violation of these rules. The school allows additional penalties and disciplinary action for a student who is

caught in violation of the school’s rules on plagiarism and cheating. I can easily track down papers copied

off the Internet using Meta-Search techniques and turnitin.com

Extra Credit Topics List for Extra Credit #1 Paper (EC#1):

Compare the Moon to Mercury

Compare Mars to Venus

Compare Asteroids to Comets

Compare Ceres to Pluto and Eris (all are “dwarf planets”)

Discuss the discoveries of Johannes Kepler and his life (at least half about his work on astronomy)

Discuss the discoveries of Galileo and his life (at least half about his work on astronomy)

Compare Io with Europa (2 of Jupiter’s moons)

Compare Titan with Enceladus (2 of Saturn’s moons)

The Methods and Results of Studies of Exoplanets

Discuss the Doppler Effect and Its Uses in Astronomy

Possibility of Life at Mars, Europa, and Elsewhere in the Solar System

 

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