Write an essay to summarize your thoughts about the philosophical aspects of the formation and evolution of the universe. Specifically, consider how you
think our story about Thomasin should end. Put yourself in her shoes and answer this question:
What do you think Thomasin will choose to major in?
You must mention one or more specific ideas about astronomy content from this class and how it influences her decision. However, you should not feel
compelled to argue that she should major in astronomy! The intent of the assignment is to think about how the ideas of astronomy can influence thinking
about our lives and our place in the Universe. Each of the different parts of Unit 4 describes a philosophy that the aliens developed because of knowledge of
some concept about galaxies, particles, expansion of the universe, etc. So, please refer back to these parts, and the alien races’ stories; say what the concept
is and how it led to their philosophy.
Your essay should be about 1 page (2 – 4 paragraphs, ~300 words) long. There is no right or wrong answer, but you should give the question careful thought
and be sure to include an astronomy concept in your essay in order to receive full credit. Have fun and be creative! It can be most interesting if you choose
something that you found you yourself could personally relate to. This assignment is graded very generously by this simple rubric:
30 points. The essay is turned in before the due date.
50 points. The essay states Tamsin’s choice of Major and relates that choice to a specific astronomy concept or idea that inspired her.
20 points. The essay is about 1 page (2 – 4 paragraphs), and is generally free of spelling and grammatical errors.
Total: 100 points.
A Note on Academic Integrity: All work must be your own original writing, do not copy or rewrite text that is not your own. Every semester, I have had students
turn in plagiarized work on this assignment. As a result, your submissions will be checked for originality via Turnitin. You do not need to use any sources
outside of the course to complete the assignment. Do not use sites like Chegg, Course Hero, or something similar for “inspiration.” This is a very fun and easy
assignment, and it takes less effort to just do it than to cheat.
These are the instructions for my essay assignment. The problem is that I’m barely aware of the essay topic as I didn’t pay much attention to the class
content but only exam materials for my tests. If you need any more information for my paper, I will surely be eager to figure out more about the topic so that I
can specify what to write on the paper. Thank you.