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on writing in physical sciences (for use in syllabi)

Good writing plays an essential role in the physical sciences, particularly in keeping a record of one's investigations for oneself and others, in communicating one's results to peers, in interpreting one's science to a broader public, and in clarifying one's own thinking. Effective science writing is precise, concise, well-organized, and directed appropriately to the audience at hand.

sample syllabi in physical sciences

chemistry 1910W | Alchemy, Magic and Chemistry
weekly reports

chemistry 2311 | Organic Chemistry Laboratory
formal lab report

chemistry 4511 | Advanced Physical Chemistry Lab
group lab work and writing guidelines

physics 3071W | Laboratory-Based Physics for Teachers
idea journals; daily reflective journals; lesson designs and presentations

sample assignments in physical sciences

astronomy 1001 | Reflective Essays
2-page assignments on the interaction of humans with Earth

chemistry 4311W | Written Tutorial Assignment
600 – 800 word, five predetermined topic, one draft

geology 3006 | Class Projects / Case Histories
group research report targeted to Science magazine

sample responding handout in physical sciences

astronomy 1001 | Six Things to Improve Your Writing
guidelines for essay writing

sample grading rubric in physical sciences

geology 1901 | Philosophy Behind the Grading of Term Papers
weighted criteria, including summary, text, figures, and citation and references

additional writing resources for instructors in physical sciences

Library Support for Instructors

additional writing resources for students in physical sciences

Formatting Scientific Reports (University of Wisconsin - Madison)