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The Topic Tree: General Research Guide: Physical Sciences and Mathematics

A selection of timely, diverse, and exciting topics for term papers, projects, and presentations.

Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Physical Sciences and Mathematics

This branch is for topics in the subject areas of: physics, astronomy, earth science, chemistry, and mathematics. This makes them fairly interesting topics, especially for students with a technical interest.



Practical uses for imaginary numbers (Note: students need to know about imaginary numbers. This usually means they need to have had or be enrolled in twelfth year math/precalculus).

How to make fireworks (Remember the word is not father to the deed).

Natural compounds for cleaning a floor.

How to make soap or detergent, with emphasis on soap or detergent chemistry and chemical reactions.

The physics of baseball. (Students can choose hitting, throwing, or catching the ball or substitute a variety of other sports).

Origin and theory behind Soduku.

Folklore and mythology about the sun (Students should choose a particular culture's folklore and mythology such as Aztecs or Ancient Greeks).

Folklore and mythology about the moon (Students should choose a particular culture's folklore and mythology such as Aztecs or Ancient Greeks).

How does one calculate the trajectory of a bullet or other thrown object? (That does not mean you'll throw any objects?)

How does laundry detergent or shampoo work?

How does one manufacture gems in a laboratory?

What are Fiobancci numbers and why are they signficiant?

What do fractals mean besides making pretty pictures?

How did the ancients discover Pi and its significance?

What are the alternatives to base ten numbers and who uses them today?

When does an abacus outshine a calculuator and why can it outperform it?

What were sliderules and how did they work?

Are there alternative forms of the Periodic Table and if so what are their advantages?