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Acquiring theoretical models


At this point in a project you will also begin using other peoples' theories and models in framing your research.  This holds true whether you use an established theory, such as using evolutionary theory in an ecology project, or if you modify an existing theory, such as using theories describing the spread of diseases to help describe the spread of ideas through a connected population.  In either case you will want to justify what existing theoretical models you will be using.

Examples of theoretical models with regards to a topic such as atmospheric chemistry could be straightforward, such as the positive relationship between local air temperature and carbon dioxide concentration, or they could be be more indirect, such as the chemical pathways which describe how normally inert CFCs can break down ozone in the upper atmosphere.

What theoretical models will you be using directly, or in a modified form, for your project?

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