Read and analyze an article that uses an analytic model, and present it to your classmates. Select an article from the list on this page (link). You are also welcome to use an article you find on your own, as long as it meets the criteria for a scientific model.
Article critiques: Create a new thread and post a critique of an article. Your critique should be at least 300 words and should address the following questions:

  1. How would you describe the model? What are the terms in the equation, and what system does the model represent?
  2. What kind of mathematical structures were used? (Probability? Linear Algebra? Another type?)
  3. What research question(s) did the authors investigate?
  4. What did the researchers learn by using this model? What were their results?
  5. How did the researchers make sure their model is credible? Do you think it is trustworthy enough to investigate their research question(s)?
  6. Was analytic a good choice for this study, in your opinion?
  7. Include a link or full citation for your source material.

Reply posts: Next, write substantive, thoughtful replies to at least two of your peers’ posts. Reply posts should address the following prompts:

  • Do you agree with the assessment in the original post? If you do agree, indicate what convinced you. If you don’t agree, explain why.
  • What other research questions might be addressed by the model?
  • What other types of models might address the research aims?
  • You may also share any prior knowledge or personal experience you have with the topic to enrich the discussion.