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    I'm currently looking into potential physics-related topics to write my EPQ essay on and I'm slightly confused about the exam board's requirements.

    The way I see it, in the field of science at least, there are things we know and accept as true and things that we don't know. Through reading other EPQ threads, I understand it that you can't simply research a topic and write up what you found - you have to produce some original work/research.

    This doesn't make any sense - if I investigate something that is already known, the whole thing is pointless, but if I research something that nobody knows the answer to, I have no reference material and if physicists around the world haven't figured something out yet, it's doubtful I will given a couple of months and 5,000 words.

    What do I do?
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    (Original post by nbryce12)
    I'm currently looking into potential physics-related topics to write my EPQ essay on and I'm slightly confused about the exam board's requirements.

    The way I see it, in the field of science at least, there are things we know and accept as true and things that we don't know. Through reading other EPQ threads, I understand it that you can't simply research a topic and write up what you found - you have to produce some original work/research.

    This doesn't make any sense - if I investigate something that is already known, the whole thing is pointless, but if I research something that nobody knows the answer to, I have no reference material and if physicists around the world haven't figured something out yet, it's doubtful I will given a couple of months and 5,000 words.

    What do I do?
    You can use primarily research from experiments which prove what aspect of Physics you're writing about as-well as various scientific journals discussing the subject. If possible (depending on what part of physics this is) you could also conduct your own experiment, using your results as primary source material which would enhance your grade prospects. Other than that, I'm afraid you'd struggle to reach the higher grades based on the information you've told us. The idea of an EPQ project is to develop a question which you set up an ounce of debate for and provide an answer, which clearly you'd struggle to do. I know people who have done physics experiments based on astronomy, aerodynamics etc. However you need to narrow down your subject area and broaden your ideas, otherwise a 5000 word essay would be an immense struggle. You could always attempt to prove that something exists that is otherwise doubted, or simply around something that has not been proven at all.
    Good luck anyways with whatever you choose!
 
 
 
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