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B Guidance on Physics Extended Project Qualification

  1. Jul 13, 2016 #1

    Apologies if this is in the wrong sub-forum as this is my first post. Essentially, I have been selected to participate in an extended project qualification (EPQ) at school whereby we must complete a "Critical and Evaluative" 5000 word essay on absolutely any topic of our choice. I want to study Physics at University and thus I have chosen to write about a particular topic or area of debate in Physics.

    However, I am struggling to come up with a title that fits the criteria as it is extremely hard to evaluate something in a scientific field such as physics whereby the majority of things published of interest are beyond my knowledge. A few possible questions/ideas i have pondered include:

    -To what extent could time travel be considered a plausibility in the future?
    -To what extent does Quantum Mechanics render determinism obsolete? (I thought this was too difficult)
    - Einstein: Does The theory of Special Relativity or that of The Photoelectric Effect hold more significance? (I am very fond of this topic but the title is not brilliant).
    - Something related to the philosophical implications of quantum mechanics

    So now I ask, could someone who is fairly experienced or just has good ideas concerning my potential EPQ ideas point me in the right direction or offer new suggestion on possible topics I could cover which allow for critical essay analysis (i.e arguments for and against which lead to a conclusion) ?

    The whole project is essentially the essay plus documentation of all our research (which takes up the largest proportion of the project) and so to an extent I am supposed to be doing pretty in depth research but please bare in mind I am 17 (although ideally we are aiming to research basic undergrad topics) and so certain things will be out of my reach.

    Thanks a lot in advance, all thoughts are welcomed with open arms.
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  3. Jul 18, 2016 #2
    Thanks for the post! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
  4. Jul 18, 2016 #3
    something a bit more down to earth perhaps eg;

    how has knowledge of the nucleus changed medical imaging techniques


    how has knowledge of the nucleus changed radiation therapy techniques
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