these are the professor instructions:
oMinimum Length: 3 pages.
oText: Times New Roman, 12pt font.
oMargins: 1 top, bottom, right, and left.
oSpacing: Double Spaced (Spacing Before and After=0pt, Line Spacing=Double).
oWritten as a scientific report.
Make a title (it doesnt have to be anything fancy).
Headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion
Proper grammar (capitalization, complete sentences, no contractions)
o2 Charts AND 2 Graphs: the charts depict the information in the graphs. These do not count towards the total number of pages.
At least 1 Graph (and chart) must concern your hypothesis.
Each person must make their own graphs.
Graphs must include information from all samples in the group.
oAddress the following in your write-up (failure to do so=point deduction):
A brief description of the background of Wabashiki.
What was your hypothesis?
What was your testing strategy?
How many samples were collected?
What were the results of soil texture FOR ALL SAMPLES IN THE GROUP?
What were the results of the soil chemistry test FOR ALL SAMPLES IN THE GROUP?
What was the soil color of ALL SAMPLES IN THE GROUP?
Did the results of the tests you performed on all group samples confirm your hypothesis? Why or why not?
Did your group have to change your hypothesis at any point? If so, when?
oIF you use outside sources (i.e. articles, web pages, etc) in your write-up, these MUST be cited in the paper (in the case of APA, (Author, year)) and in a works
cited page at the end of the document (any formal style (i.e. APA, MLA, Chicago, etc is acceptable). Failure to do so will result in a point deduction.
As usual, plagiarism will NOT be tolerated.
Oral Report (30 points)
oAt least 5 minutes in length.
oEach person must speak in front of class (a minimum of one slide each).
oShould be visually appealing and easy to read.
Information to Include
oALL test results (for the group)
oConclusions from your study:
What do your results say about Wabashiki?
Did your results confirm your hypothesis? Why or why not?
oGraphs are always nice (hint, hint!)
oIf your group took pictures while on-site (it was not a requirement), feel free to include these in the presentation as well.
Example: Paper Format
This is where you introduce the Wabashiki wetlands (as an introduction for the reader; in this case, the reader is yours truly). You should explicitly write out your
hypothesis (for this paper, itll be your thesis statement); dont do something like Hypothesis: blah, blah, blah as if its a bullet point. As in the typical five-
paragraph essay, after making your thesis explicit, provide a brief overview of how the structure of the paper will be set up.
This is where you describe how testing was conducted in the field (sampling strategy and the tests you conducted while in the field), as well as how other tests were
conducted in class. DO NOT take up a lot of room in the your paper describing how you took your samples home in their little baggies and opened them up for a week; you
SHOULD mention this, of course, but I dont need the details of how you opened it up in front of a fan to speed up the drying process, or how your cat played with it
while you were away from home.
In this section, you will discuss the result of the tests you performed on each of your group samples: soil texture, soil chemistry, soil pH, Munsell Color Results,
and, if applicable, XRF results. Because your graphs depict the results of your tests, I recommend that your charts and graphs be placed IN THIS SECTION.
Discussion and Conclusion
This is where you give meaning to the numbers you regurgitated in the previous section; what do the results mean? Were they what you expected to see, or were they
surprising? If they were surprising, how so? Did you have to change your hypothesis? If so, why? What did you learn from this experience?
below is our results from the Wabashiki field in Terre Haute, IN.
GroupUTM CoordinatesSoilSoil ColorSoil ColorSoil ColorPhosphorusNitrogenPotassiumValues in ppmArsenicCalciumIronPotassiumMercury
NameSample ID1st Set Number (East-West)2nd Set Number (North-South)ZoneTextureSheet (5yr, 7.5yr, or 10yr)ValueChromapH(Low, Medium, High)(Low, Medium, High)(Low,
Medium, High)Lead (Pb)(As)(Ca)(Fe)(K)(Hg)Sample Description (Short Statement about where this sample was taken)
Matt Bly1461948436864816SSilty Clay7.5YR427LowLowMedium238678624.3K10.2K4Taken at the top of a hill on the path near the parking lot. Closest to the parking lot.
2461955436863716SSilty Clay10YR337MediumLowHigh296728215.4K57230Further down the hill that sample one was taken.
3461836436837016SSilty Clay5YR327LowLowHigh227498320.7K92855.1Down the levi path. Halfway between the parking lot and sharp bend in the path.
4461829436820616SClay Loam5YR317LowLowMedium851130.6K15.9K86796.5Down past the storm drains on the levi. Near where the storm drains empty.
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