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Hi guys, I wanted to do an EPQ on one of the planets/moons of the solar system, but not sure which one and what to research.
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Venus’s atmosphere and how the planet is basically identical to earth but for example winds are a lot stronger (400mph+) and research why that is?
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That sounds highly interesting, the only issue was that I was going to try and tie it into biology/chemistry and that is where my brain starts to fail!
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Research Moons such as Europa and Enceladus. These are thought to harbour liquid oceans of water under their surfaces. If you want to include chemistry/ biology, you could investigate whether there is likely to be life in the oceans of those moons.
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yeah, I saw something about that, it did sound quite fascinating, the only thing about a space/planetary related project especially when it regards 'life' was the lack of sources and evidence
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yeah, I saw something about that, it did sound quite fascinating, the only thing about a space/planetary related project especially when it regards 'life' was the lack of sources and evidence
That’s true, you could ask the question as to what the possibility of the moons containing life is, given the evidence of the oceans that could be on them. You could even link it back to hydrothermal vents within the oceans of Earth and include future missions to the moons. Just some ideas, I finished my EPQ this year on space/ astrophysics.
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That’s true, you could ask the question as to what the possibility of the moons containing life is, given the evidence of the oceans that could be on them. You could even link it back to hydrothermal vents within the oceans of Earth and include future missions to the moons. Just some ideas, I finished my EPQ this year on space/ astrophysics.
what did you do your EPQ on?
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what did you do your EPQ on?
Black holes and gravitational waves.
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Did you have an element of debate/ primary data?

Because I also did an EPQ in yr 9 on a topic about Germany c.1945-1989, and my supervisor said to me to get primary data to increase my marks (I was like this is highly unlikely, as:
A- I Don't know German
B- I don't know any German people, living in Germany between 1945-1989 who are still alive
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Did you have an element of debate/ primary data?

Because I also did an EPQ in yr 9 on a topic about Germany c.1945-1989, and my supervisor said to me to get primary data to increase my marks (I was like this is highly unlikely, as:
A- I Don't know German
B- I don't know any German people, living in Germany between 1945-1989 who are still alive
Yeah that does seem highly unlikely, I didn’t use any primary data and mine didn’t have an element of debate, it was mainly based on theories and current knowledge of the topic I was researching.

In my experience I found that with a scientific EPQ, if you choose to research an area which has been backed up by many experiments and is a well established theory, a debate doesn’t work and so you don’t need primary data so much, although it can be included. However if you choose to research a scientific topic that has conflicting theories and ideas then having an element of debate is probably a good idea as you can show different points of view on the subject. In that case I’d say primary data would be good.

I hope this helps.
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