Research Paper – Chemistry of Explosive (select topic in body)

Course References (will send pdf to successful bidder)

Akhavan, Jacqueline. (2011). The Chemistry of Explosives, 3rd Edition. The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Davis, Tenney L. (1943). The Chemistry of Powder and Explosives.

MAIN POINT: Will Be Checked With TurnitIn.com; Needs to be grammatically free of errors (if english is not your strong suit, then don’t bid)

Prepare a research paper of your choice selected from the topics below. The research paper should be 8 pages in length (this includes the title page and reference page). Try to find at least three bibliographic references in addition to the required reading. (A superior paper would require 6 references). References should be properly cited in the body of the paper and also be listed at the end of the paper and should follow reasonably accurate citation formatting. Topics include but are not limited to:

�Development and use of explosives over the past century.
�The discovery and benefits of the Munroe effect.
�Explosive handling and safety concerns for civilian demolition operations.
�Regulation/s variations between civilian & military agencies for explosive materials responses.
�Strategic changes in responding to explosive incidents after 9/11.
�Explosive materials use as potential weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats.
�Importance of memorandums of understanding (MOU) between civilian and military agencies.
�Future beneficial applications of explosives to mankind.
�Evolving role of DOT as it pertains to emergency response.
�History of Explosives Safety Precautions.
�The accomplishments of Fred Olsen.
�Alfred Nobel’s role in developing/improving explosives.

Here is the grading rubric:

Criteria

Exemplary 16-20

Accomplished 11-15

Developing 6-10

Beginning 0-5

Total

Purpose/Audience

Thesis and Support

Organization

Style

Mechanics

Total

Purpose/Audience – 20 points

Beginning

The writing fails to meet the minimum requirements of the assignment. It offers little insight into the subject and has serious flaws in logic and omissions in evidence.

Developing

The writing meets the minimum requirements of the assignment. It offers insight into the subject through basic logic and the presentation of ideas based on some evidence.

Accomplished

The writing clearly goes beyond the minimum requirements of the assignment. It attempts to engage the reader through originality and presentation of complex ideas.

Exemplary

The writing engages the reader with an original approach to the subject. It may encompass conflicting ideas and inspires the reader to contemplate the relationship of complex ideas.

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Thesis and Support – 20 points

Beginning

The writing may need a more clearly articulated thesis and/or appropriate related subordinate ideas. Fuzzy logic may be evident and adequate supporting evidence is lacking.

Developing

The writing has a clear thesis and related subordinate ideas supported by clear thinking and appropriate evidence. Logical arguments may be one-sided or incomplete.

Accomplished

The writing has a clearly articulated thesis supported by appropriate evidence and sound logic. Minor gaps in logic and argument may appear.

Exemplary

The writing has a clearly articulated original thesis and subordinate ideas supported by reliable and relevant evidence based on original research.

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Organization – 20 points

Beginning

The writing is noticeably lacking in organization. There is no clear introduction nor conclusion and ideas are neither carefully nor fully developed. Supporting evidence is clearly lacking.

Developing

The writing demonstrates rudimentary organization and logical structure, but ideas may be more fully developed and supported by more appropriate evidence.

Accomplished

The writing is organized logically and flows well. An introduction and conclusion are evident, but transitions may be smoother.

Exemplary

The writing flows smoothly and logically from a well-defined thesis. It contains an appropriate introduction, conclusion, and smooth transitions.

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Style – 20 points

Beginning

The writing lacks clarity and is sometimes confusing. The language chosen is not appropriate to the subject nor the assignment.

Developing

The writing is clear but could be expressed in a style more appropriate to the subject. It is jargon-free but may require a more complete explanation of some terms used.

Accomplished

The writing keeps the reader’s attention through a carefully crafted prose style. Language chosen is appropriate to the subject, but may call attention to itself in minor ways.

Exemplary

The writing engages the reader through an original prose style appropriate to the subject. Language is precise. Sentences are varied but not noticeably so. Active voice is apparent.

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Grammar and Mechanics – 20 points

Beginning

The writing exhibits substantial errors in grammar and style so that the basic ideas are lost. Sources are overly quoted and not adequately documented or cited. There is no evidence of proofreading, editing, or rewriting.

Developing

The writing could benefit from additional proofreading, as some errors impede the flow of the reading. Sources are documented and cited but need to show greater consistency. Additional proofreading would help eliminate errors

Accomplished

The writing may exhibit a few minor errors in grammar or style, but do impair the flow of the reading. Most quoted material is properly documented and cited.

Exemplary

The writing is free of grammatical, proofreading, and stylistic errors. All quoted material is properly documented and cited. Main ideas are not lost in surrounding supporting evidence.

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