Picking Topic for short talk/paper
Schedule for short topic: picking, talk and paper
- The short topic is due at the end of the 2nd day of class.
- The sentence outline (SO) with take-home message (THM) is due
- The draft is due early next Friday and goes out for class referees
- The next Monday (start of 3rd week) the referee reports are due.
- The short talks start on Wednesday and continue for 7 days
- The final short paper is due next Monday (4th week).
Picking the Topic of Short Talk/Paper
What makes a topic work best?
- Tells how something work -- not that it should.
- Illustrate a take-home-message: for example, a concept of science
Technical elements of short topic.
- Short. Remember the paper is short (4-6 paragraphs);
So is the talk (7 minutes). Thus the take-home message
(adjusted for the differing audiences) must be short and memorable.
- Limited science. If you discover you have to explain three
different ideas before you reach your message you won't make it.
Unworkable example: Shaun White's Double McTwist 1260. For ordinary
skateboard, you could "demonstrate" an ollie.
There is a whole set:
pop and jump,
- Take-home message For the ollie, the essential physics
must be clear. For the non-technical audience: this much include foot
placement and action. For technical audience, connection of these can
be combined with with initial motion, inertia, angular momentum and even
a demo by your kid sister.
Getting Topic Accepted
- You must write the topic
down, preferably with the take-home message. For me, a hard copy
works best. But you can email Tom Barrett and my secretary
Trisch Longbrake. (My email should be in plain text or html). Tom and
I give an initial response usually requiring revision. I don't read
my email frequently.
- For actual approval, you must get a printed topic
accepted by Tom or me in person.
- We will add your topic to the list of accepted topics ("Short paper
history") so no one else will use the same one.
The suggestions in FYI
in new in spring break are only
You are the source of the specific topic.
For example, you may have had a job or worked with a research
group. Some element in that work may provide a short topic.
Your comments and
suggestions are appreciated.
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