You will write an essay on an assigned topic. This essay will be marked and graded A-F. The final grade in the course will be the mean of essay and exam grades. The paper must be handed in no later than January 14, 2014. There are four different essay topics and we allocate them according to the following ingenious scientific method: Those born in January, May or September will write essay 1.

Essay 1

Those born in February, June or October will write essay 2.

Essay 2

Those born in March, July or November will write essay 3.

Essay 3

Those who are born in April, August or December will write essay 4.

Essay 4

(You may choose a different topic than the one allotted to you about something that is scientifically dear to your heart. Negotiate with the instructor about this!)