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Points to Include in the Abstract/Presentation
Writing Your Abstract and Presentation
Remember that you need to provide information about the following in your abstract and presentation:
1.) Chemical Structure
2.) Chemical Information
- Physical Properties (e.g. melting/boiling points, physical state at STP, solubility, density, molecular weight)
- Common name and systematic IUPAC name
- Chemical formula
- Chemical structure
3.) Historical Information (including date of discovery or first synthesis)
4.) Uses of this molecule
5.) Societal risks and benefits
6.) An analysis of a recent, peer-reviewed research article. In this analysis, you will need to:
- Summarize the research that was done in the article
- Discuss conclusions drawn from the research
- Discuss future areas for research that the authors highlight
Example: Steps for Completing Assignment
Imagine that I am a student in your class. Here is the process that I would go through to choose a molecule to research for this project. (Unfortunately, you will not be able to use this molecule for your project!)
- Finding My Popular Article: As a starting point for this project, I visited the website for Scientific American. I searched for the term "plastics" in the search box and saw this article on the results list, which mentions BPA.
- Evaluating My Popular Article: I read the article and learned that BPA (bisphenol-A) has been linked to numerous health problems including cancer, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.
- Finding Other Popular Articles: I decided to look and see if there were other, perhaps better, articles written about BPA in the popular media. I did the following search on Google, using the site limiter to search only articles published in The New York Times.
This search led to a host of articles, one of which was particularly interesting:
There seems to be a lot written in the popular press about this molecule, and it has interesting practical applications in my everyday life. I think that I have found my molecule!
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Sample Abstract and Annotation
Sample Abstract and Bibliography
We have written a sample abstract on BPA for you to see as an example when creating your own. There is also a sample bibliography, formatted according to ACS style.
Sample Abstract for BPA