CHEM 101 2012-2013 Spring semester

1. Group work
Students must work in groups of 3 or 4 to prepare a common term paper. Each student in the group must contribute to the needed research and to the writing of the paper. The term paper is worth 5% of your total mark for the course. Normally all members of the group of 3 or 4 will get the same mark for their common paper. The papers from each Chem. 101 section will be marked jointly by the group of Chem. 101 professors.

2. Scope of the paper
The paper should be not less than 4 and not more than 5 pages in length. The paper should be printed using e.g. Times Roman 12, Courier 10, or similar size fonts, larger fonts are not accepted. Figures, graphs, etc. can be included but the written material must be at least 60% of the 4-5 pages.

3. Plagiarism
After selecting one of the topics (see below), each group should use books or journals available in the library to collect material for the paper. Web-based sources can be used, but papers must be written in the students’ own words, “copy and paste” of sentences, paragraphs or sections are not acceptable, and when detected will result in a lower mark. It is better to have a paragraph with imperfect English than a “copy and paste” paragraph in perfect English!

4. References and bibliography

A reference refers to a specific article or book page, i.e., for specific data or facts mentioned in the text. References must be numbered in the text of the paper, then listed at the end of the paper using a standard format.
For books e.g.:
1. Raymond Chang, “Chemistry”, McGraw Hill, 9th edition, p. 284.
For journal articles e.g.:
2. S.Y. Al-Qaradawi, E.M. Nour, Spectrochim. Acta A, 68, 908, 2007.

A bibliography is a list of general sources of information used when preparing the paper, e.g.:
1. Raymond Chang, “Chemistry”, McGraw Hill, 9th edition.

The bibliography and/or references are listed separately at the end of the paper...

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