26 August 2015

Synthesis

Synthesis #2 Assignment Sheet

Adapted from an assignment sheet created by Rich Miller, Director of Composition

Overview

The last major assignment of the semester is also the longest and requires the most work with argument and revision. I hope you are up to the challenge. This final Synthesis #2 essay must address one of five questions:

Is the solution to the negative power of words to change negative behaviors in the world (Lakoff) or simply to stop using negative words (Lawrence)? Search for sources on dehumanizing words for enemies, four-letter words, and racial and ethnic slurs. A good source to start with is
Hughes, Geoffrey. An Encyclopedia of Swearing: The Social History of Oaths, Profanity, Foul Language, and Ethnic Slurs in the English-Speaking World.

Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2006. ebrary. Web. 6 Apr. 2014.
Which should be more important to us, the pecuniary rewards of work emphasized by Krugman and Saez or the “nonpecuniary rewards” introduced, if not emphasized, by Reich (par. 36)?
Should the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Respository project be restarted?
What is Darwin's great achievement? See in addition to the assigned readings,
Klinkenborg, Verlyn. “Darwin at 200: The Ongoing Force of His Unconventional Idea.” New York Times 12 Feb. 2009. A 34.

Across the Curriculum Reader. Ed. Gilbert Muller. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013. 295-97/711-13. Print.
Is patient modesty more important than the medical benefits of a detailed physical exam?
Include at least 7 secondary sources. Four of these 7 sources must be essays or parts of books from the Sawyer Library catalog or databases. You should also draw on readings from Graff and Birkenstein's They Say / I Say or Across the Curriculum Reader. You may certainly use items found in your Bibliography assignment or that you used in writing Synthesis # 1.

This final synthesis essay gives you a chance to really stretch your writing muscles and discuss your topic in numerous ways to persuade your reader. Of course, this is an argument synthesis so you are arguing a specific point and using sources to help your point come to light and appear logical and persuasive. Your sources will be valuable in providing examples or support for your ideas as well as counter arguments or ideas that you will shoot down or dismiss as you argue yourself.

The Assignment

Compose a 10 page/7 source argument synthesis. Remember, you must argue a position in this essay and use sources to help prove your point. I am also asking that you include a counter argument or two to show your versatility in arguing and seeing different sides of the topic.

The objective of this assignment is NOT to make you an expert in linguistics or economics or nuclear physics or evolution or medical ethics, but to give you practice in constructing an argument (your I say in response to the they say of other writers), in using a system of citation and documentation (in this case, MLA style), and in synthesizing a variety of sources with your own ideas into a coherent essay.

Composing Advice

As with Synthesis #1 you want your sources to have a dialogue and work on your terms. Do not simply support one of your sources as the only way to see something; instead, decide your approach and use the sources to help you build points. You may certainly string together points that you like from several articles and combine them into a persuasive statement of your own. This is one way to see how a synthesis builds. Your job is to conduct the orchestra and use the skills you have summarizing, critiquing and arguing to bring the reader to your point of view.

Ten pages and 7 sources might seem a monstrous task as you first read this. But slow down a minute. If you break your argument into three or four main points and build each point at 2 or so pages, you have quite a bit there. Expect a page or so for the introduction and conclusion, each, and you are right around 9 or 10 pages. So work on this essay in “chunks” and perhaps think about your sources coming in line with these chunks too. Could this mean that you are writing 3 or 4 small critique papers and then revising to make them all flow together? It could. In and out of class, we'll work on drafting Synthesis # 2 in stages.

Counter Arguments

At some point in your essay, you are required to discuss opposing points of view to your thesis. Dealing with counter arguments can be a big plus for you as you either shoot them down or acknowledge their point of view and move on. We will work with counter arguments in class discussion as well as in They Say/I Say.

Nuts and Bolts

Typed, double-space, 1″ margins. Please use Standard Written English! MLA Style and Works Cited Page please.

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26 August 2015

Compare and contrast the role of women in Red Sorghum and Rice
Question:    Compare and contrast the role of women in Red Sorghum and Rice. Mo Yan’s portrayal of female characters in Red Sorghum is sympathetic, while the women in Rice are presented from Su Tong’s detached perspective. Which novel ultimately depicts women with more control of their lives?

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26 August 2015

Close Reading: Every Man a KingPaper instructions:
you have written a paper for me and I am not sure if you are in the right direction because it is seems like a history paper and not related to my topic. can you explain for me thanks

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26 August 2015

Is it possible that earth-like planets may be more prevalent than shown in this data set

Instructions:  Answer all six (6) questions.  All questions require a concise well written paragraph and/or math calculations as appropriate.
DO NOT ‘CUT AND PASTE’ DIRECTLY FROM INTERNET SOURCES!
All non-human resources (books, internet, notes etc.) are available for this exam.  Please submit your answers as a paper document and include the honor code statement testifying that your responses to the exam questions were an individual effort.
1.   Astronomical Data Analysis:  (4 points)
Below are two data plots for a population of recently discovered extrasolar planets:
Graph 1:                        

Graph 2:

A.  Is it possible that earth-like  planets may be more prevalent than shown in this data set? Why?
B.  Explain the clustered distribution of exoplanets  evident on both graphs.
C.  Which observational technique was used to discover the exoplanets depicted in the two graphs.  Explain  the technique.
D.  Graph 2 is inconsistent with theories of solar system formation…Explain why. 



2.    Physical Reasoning:  (4 points)
A scientist is completely isolated inside a smoothly-moving box that travels in a straight line through space, and another scientist is completely isolated in another box that is spinning smoothly in space.  Each scientist may have all the scientific instruments she likes in her box for detecting her motion in space. What will the two scientists discover after they perform measurements with their scientific instruments. Explain why.

3.   Physical Reasoning: (4 points)
A. A person weighs 50kg when measured on a typical bathroom scale located in Boston.  He enters a deep cave on vacation and stands on the same type of scale.  Does anything change? 
B. If the cave extended to the center of the earth, what would the scale measure at the center of the earth? Explain your answer.
C. Qualitatively plot a graph depicting strength of gravity from the   center of the earth to the moon.

4.   Qualitative reasoning (4 points)
Over a century ago, J. C. Maxwell calculated that if Saturn’s rings were cut from a piece of thin sheet metal they would not be  strong enough to withstand tidal tension or gravitational gradient tension that Saturn would put on them and would, therefore, rip apart.  But suppose the rings were cut from a piece of thick plate rather than thin–sheet.
A.  Would the thick plate hold? Explain.
B.  Does it make a difference if the metal rings orbit (spin) around Saturn? Explain. 


5.   Physical Reasoning: (5 points)
You are a manager of a venture capital fund and an inventor has pitched the following invention for your consideration…In order to improve the profitability of an optical product, he claims that he can develop an optical system which would focus  ALL the light from large lamp filament into an image of the filament which is smaller and hotter. Using this new design, the company can then purchase low cost filament lamps that could replace the much higher cost small filament high temperature lamps.
A.  Is this invention at odds with any basic law of physics? Explain your reasoning.
B.  If the proposed optical design works, are there other business questions that must be asked before agreeing to fund the development program? List the questions and explain WHY it is important.

6.   Astronomy (4 points)
A.  How might the presence of intergalactic dust as an agent for reddening and dimming the light from ever more distant galaxies affect the determination of galactic distances assuming that galaxies all have the same brightness?
B.  How might the presence of intergalactic dust as an agent for reddening and dimming the light from ever more distant galaxies affect the determination of galactic distances using the redshift associated with the expansion of the cosmos?



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26 August 2015

Australia’s bilateral relationship with the United States has been driven primarily by our security needs. DiscussPaper instructions:
Australia’s bilateral relationship with the United States has been driven primarily by our security needs. Discuss

1500 words max 6 sources 3 journals 3 new articles preferably

marking criteria:
1) Addressing the question 
Your answer must be a response to the question actually asked; therefore your arguments, illustrations,
examples and sources should be relevant to the question. You should demonstrate the relevance in your
answer. Irrelevant material and discussion of a question or questions not asked will be penalised.

2) Accuracy, grasp of relevant detail, appreciation of the significance and chronology of events and issues
Your essay must include relevant details and must reproduce them accurately. Your use of detail must
demonstrate that you have grasped (understood) it correctly. Your essay should demonstrate that you
appreciate (understand) the significance of relevant events and issues and the chronological order in which
they occurred.

3) Research
Your essay should be well researched, utilising a range of quality sources.

4) Utilisation of sources, evidence and examples
Your essay should utilise sources, evidence and examples appropriately. They should be employed to
support and illustrate your argument. To do so effectively they must be well chosen in terms of relevance,
authority and quality. The ways in which they support your argument need to be made clear. 

5) Coherence and quality of the logic and argument
Your argument must be logical (adhere to the principles of reasoning) and coherent (fit together naturally and
in a way that readers can follow). In other words your argument must make sense with conclusions flowing
justifiably from premises. You must be able to justify your views.

6) Original thought and critical thinking
You should strive to think things through for yourself and come up with original ideas if you can. Essays
containing original ideas will generally receive some reward, depending on the quality. You should
demonstrate the application of critical thinking to the ideas you encounter. This does not necessarily mean
that you should disagree with them (you may or may not as you see fit). It means you should assess them,
looking for their strengths and weaknesses.

7) Adherence to scholarly conventions
You must comply with scholarly conventions. This means avoiding plagiarism, including the “cut and paste”
variety. It also means you should correctly and diligently report your sources both in footnotes or in-text
referencing and bibliography, and use quotation marks where appropriate. Essays that are poorly referenced
or which in other ways are deficient in adhering to scholarly conventions will be penalised.

8) Use of own words
Using your own words demonstrates that you have genuinely processed the ideas you are using rather than
simply collecting the words and ideas of other scholars. In other words, using your own words helps to make
the work your own.

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