Project: A quantum misuse case study, physics homework help

Essay

Find two articles which somehow misrepresent or misuse quantum physics. For each article, explain in detail

– What are the concepts that the articles are misusing?
– How are they being misinterpreted or misused?
– What is the correct version of the concepts?

The more reputable, and widely-read, the site the articles come from, the better!

As a conclusion, based on the two articles you’re discussing, what general advice would you give to your own students when browsing the internet and discovering articles that make some quantum physics-based claims? What are the red flags you would look for? How would you go about fact-checking the article?

Cite your sources fully.

This project should be about 4-5 pages (single spaced, 12pt font), and be succinct but complete. That amounts to 1-1.5 pages per article, and 1-1.5 pages for the summary and conclusions, and 0.5-1 page for the references.

Project – Rubric

Criteria

Unacceptable(0)

Poor (1)

Good (2)

Excellent (3)

Source of articles

Source completely obscure with no reputation.

Articles from niche, poorly read sources with poor-average reputations

Articles from more niche but still reasonably popular sources that have average-reasonable reputations

Articles from widely read sources that have good reputations

Identification of Quantum concepts misused

All misused concepts incorrectly identified

Most misused concepts incorrectly identified

Most misused concepts correctly identified

All misused concepts correctly identified

Accuracy of description of quantum concepts

Concept descriptions are entirely wrong

Concepts are inaccurately described with many mistakes

Concepts are reasonably accurately described with few mistakes

Concepts are completely accurately described

Conclusion

Poorly argued with no points supported by evidence, an of no use for students wishing to fact-check an article

Poorly argued with few points supported by evidence, with little useful information for students wishing to fact-check an article

Reasonably argued with most points supported by evidence, with some useful information for students wishing to fact-check an article

Well argued with all points supported by evidence, and useful for students wishing to fact-check an article

Organization and quality of writing

Unacceptable quality of writing; very many spelling and grammatical errors. Essay is unacceptably organized.

Poor quality of writing; quite a few spelling, grammatical errors. Essay is poorly organized.

Good quality of writing; almost no spelling or grammatical errors. Essay is reasonably organized.

Excellent writing quality; no spelling or grammatical errors. Essay is well organized.

Citations

No appropriate citations

A significant number of arguments, quotes and data are notbacked up by appropriate citations.

The large majority of arguments, quotes and data are backed up by appropriate citations.

All arguments, quotes, and data are backed up by appropriate citations.

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