Required Essay 3 Version 1 (RE3v1)
The new Trump administration has expressed criticism of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, more commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. A group of incoming members of Congress have asked the Congressional Research Service (CRS) to provide a report on the scientific background necessary to understand certain aspects of the deal.
As an analyst at the CRS, your task is to discuss some of the most important nuclear-explosive nuclides, describe how they can be produced and used to create a nuclear explosion, and explain why restricting the availability of nuclear-explosive materials is important for preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. Base your report on the information in the slides shown in class and in the readings posted on the Reading Assignments page.
Your report should be between 3 and 4 pages. Use the following structure:
Your essay should be at least 3 pages in length but must not be longer than 4 pages, when printed in the format specified in the Student Handbook, including the title, headers, and footers. To check this, you should print the exact version you are going to submit. If your paper is longer than 4 pages when printed, the score it would have received will be marked down heavily.
The Student Handbook provides complete guidance for preparing and submitting writing assignments. Before you turn in your essay, be sure to review the writing assignment submission checklist in the Handbook.
Additional formatting requirements from the Congressional Research Service:
If you would like to see examples of reports from the Congressional Research Service, consider the following:
In writing your report, assume that your reader is a college-educated member of congress who is familiar with the material that has been presented in the lecture-discussions and the material in the readings that have already been assigned.
You do not need to define terms that have been defined in previous essays or provide citations for these terms.
You should define other terms and provide citations for these definitions, but you do not need to place any standard definitions in quotes.
You do not need to provide citations when the information you use is common knowledge. In deciding what is common knowledge, consider what is known by a typical University of Illinois student who is not a student in Physics 280. If in doubt, include a citation.
Citation of sources:
As the sources you are to use in preparing this essay are clearly specified, there should be no doubt about what sources are being used for this assignment. Nevertheless, for practice we require explicit citations of all sources used for any definitions in the Required Essays.
To save space in the Required Essays, which are only a few pages long, we recommend referring to the pertinent sources using the following styles:
Do not include a bibliography or a list of references.Further guidance:
Writer's memo. In addition to your RE3v1 essay submit a brief memo that requests feedback from your reviewers. Please formulate at least two questions to be answered by your TA and your peer reviewer. Questions can be related to writing style, factual content or questions related to the factual content but going beyond the scope of the present writing prompt. Example questions are listed below:
Writer's memo format:
Peer review: you will be asked to review the RE3v1 essay of one of your co-students. Your peer review will be due by 10.00 am on Monday February 19th by electronic upload. The peer review will contribute 25% of your RE3v1 grade.