Outline of the First Term Paper
The general topic for your first term paper is:
The Laws of Physics in an Animation Universe
Modern science is based on the principles of experimental observation and theoretical analysis; in this assignment you will apply these principles in a critical analysis of animation and special effects. Specifically, you will select an animation film, a live-action film featuring CGI animation special effects, a TV show, or a video game and formulate three distinct scientific hypothesis for the universe portrayed in that film (which may or may not obey the same physical laws as the real world).
For example, in your animation’s universe the laws of gravity may be different (e.g., heavy objects may fall faster than light objects). Your hypotheses should be such that there is relevant observational evidence in the film, show or game; you need to describe what that evidence is and how it supports your theories. You will also formulate competing theories and present evidence that the universe portrayed in the film does not follow those alternate hypotheses.
The required length of the paper is 1000 words, which is about 4 double-spaced typewritten pages (not counting images). Your word processor software should have a word count feature, if not then you can use http://www.wordcounter.net/
Below are some examples from past semesters. Note that in previous semesters the required length of the term paper was 1500 words so those papers are longer than what you're required to write. However your outline should be similar to those in the examples:
For this homework assignment you are to choose the film that you'll analyze and create a one-page outline for the term paper. Post this outline on your blog. The term paper itself will be due a week later.
* Select an animated feature film or a live-action film with CGI special effects.
* Identify three simple scientific hypotheses on how things work in the film's "universe."
* For each hypothesis, identify two or more scenes in the film that confirm it.
* Point out any scene that possibly contradicts one of the hypotheses.
* (Optional) Present at least one competing hypothesis and identify one or more scenes that contradict it.
* Organize the points above into a concise one-page outline to be used for your first term paper.
30 points (if late, 15 points)
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