Chemistry 103 Glossary

A dictionary of terms appearing on the web site that may be unfamiliar.
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peer review- The process used to increase the likelihood that published scientific work is accurate.  Before a scientific paper is published it is sent to 3-5 experts in the field to read.  These people are asked to read the paper for clarity and accuracy as well as determine if any more work or experimentation needs to be done to verify the results before they are published.  This doesn't guarantee that all published scientific data is good, but results in most of it being accurate.  Inaccuracies are corrected when other researchers try duplicate the published work.

plagarism- Consists of using another's written work without attribution.  The verb form of the word is plagarize.  A student plagarizing will be punished.  The punishment at UWO can vary from losing points on an assignment to expulsion depending upon the severity of the plagarism.  Some examples of plagarism are:
1) copying a sentence or sentences from someone elses writing without using quotes and without stating where the words came from.
2) copying from a work with slight variations such as dropping a few words without using quotes and without stating where the words came from.
3) using other people ideas without attribution. 

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