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Life of a Scientist
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What To Do:
  • Pick one of the following scientists to research and report on.  The scientist you choose must be from a current or previously covered unit:
  • Lord Kelvin (Unit 1) - focus on his work with temperature and his Kelvin scale
  • Proust (Unit 2)
  • Lavosier (Unit 2)
  • Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (Unit 2)
  • Priestly (Unit 2)
  • John Dalton (Unit 2) - focus on his work on atomic theory
  • Lorenzo Romano Amedeo Carlo Avogadro di Quareqa e di Carreto (Unit 3)
  • Arrhenius (Unit 5) - focus on his work with acids/bases
  • Rutherford (Unit 6) - focus on his work with atomic nuclei
  • Marie Curie (Unit 6)
  • Enrico Fermi (Unit 6)
  • Dmitri Mendeleev (Unit 7)
  • Research your chosen scientist and report on the following information:
      • Identify the topic that this scientist is most famous for investigating.  Focus on just one topic of his work that relates tho what we've studied in class. (Many of these guys came up with lots of discoveries/ideas..... just focus on one).  Present the contemporary understanding of this topic at the time this scientist was experimenting (BEFORE this scientist made his discoveries)
      • Describe the experimentation that the scientist did and summarize his work and his findings.
      • Explain how your chosen scientist's work changed previously existing models / ideas.
      • Is our current model / idea exactly the same today as your scientist suggested?  If not, what is different?
  • Other notes about your report:
    • Spend most of your time on the experimentation and work that the scientist did. This project is not a biography, so it is not important to mention many (if any) biographical facts such as when/were he was born, who his parents were, what his father did, where he went to school, who he married, how many kids he had, etc...... that is not the focus of this project.
    • When mentioning the work the scientist did, do not just merely mention ideas he worked with and studied, explain them:
    • Statements alone that are Not So Good:
      Dig Deeper        
      "He taught physics at Yale University". Unless this is essential to explaining what he experimented with or how he came up with his ideas.... this is not really relevent to the project.
      "He published a paper on the quantum mechanical model of the atom" If he published a paper relevant to your topic, describe what the main points of his paper were, explain how he came up with the ideas he did in the paper, explain how the ideas in his paper were different than the previous body of knowledge out there at the time
      "He did a bunch of experimentation on gases" Explain what he did in his experiments.  Explain what observations he made and what conclusions he came to based on those observations.

  • Submit your project by logging in to Mr. Arrow's Moodle Site.
    • Scroll down to the CLC Research  section.
    • Click on the Research Question link and upload your file
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26 points 

Rubric for Grading "Life of a Scientist"

Historical View of Topic
The topic the scientist was known for is identified. The  contemporary understanding of the topic is explained thoroughly.

Work of the Scientist
The work the scientist did is explained and his findings are summarized.

New Model
A thorough explanation is given of the new idea/model and how it is different than the old ideas / models.

Current Model
An accurate and in-depth comparison is made between the scientists model/idea and our current understanding of the topic.

Internal Citations
(2 pts)

Internal citations are included in paper and are in proper MLA format. Internal citations are present, but with many errors in format.
Quality of Sources
(2 pts)

At least 5 sources are listed from a good variety of reliable, academic sources Less than 5 sources are listed or the 5 sources are not credible sources.
Work Cited Page
(2 pts)

A works cited page is present and in proper MLA format.
A works cited page is present, but contains several errors.



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