General Education Summit Program - War & Peace
Fall 2011 - Final Paper - Due Wednesday December 14th 2011.
Your responses are due on the Friday of finals week, that is
December 14th 2011, by noon. Email submissions are the easiest
If your email document contains symbols (such as 235U) please
send your document as an attachment to your email. Alternatively, I will
also accept hard copy submissions brought to the Physics Department Office
During the first class of the semester I distributed a pretest
on nuclear physics. (A copy of that is part of this assignment, as
a separate document). First take the pretest again, answering the questions
as best you can with the knowledge that you have now. (Note: don't expect
to be able to answer every question, some have not yet been covered in
class.) You should then review that pretest, and make a note of the differences
between the answers you gave then and the answers you give now.
Read the following articles related to nuclear power, and then select one
to write about
New York Times - U.S.
Supports New Nuclear Reactors in Georgia
France24 - Obama
announces first new nuclear power plant in US for 30 years
City Journal - Why
the U.S. Needs More Nuclear Power
BBC - Nuclear
power: Eight sites identified for future plants
Write a reflective essay (2-3 pp) on the differences between how you would
have reacted to your chosen article in July (that is, before classes started)
and how you react to it now.
This assignment is about your ability to understand the article,
not a question of whether your opinion on the viability of nuclear power
has changed (although you might want to incorporate that issue into your
essay). Also, your current position on the issue is immaterial, whether
you changed it or not. You can be for nuclear power or against it, or you
can keep your own opinions out. Finally, remember Scott's instructions
on writing a quality essay.