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Leads for further research m6b

The modularisation process
When present, the information that belongs in the module Leads for further research is relatively easy to isolate in the original article, but some additional information is generally necessary to form a complete module according to the guidelines formulated in appendix A.

In the explicit summary of the Findings A05-m6a, as well as in the section 4.Discussion of the original article, it is concluded that the theory gives only a qualitative explanation of the experimental results. An important reason for the failure of the quantitative interpretation is given by the fact that the theoretical model is not applicable to the reaction under consideration, which is explicitly stated in the Theoretical methods A05-m3c. In order to get an accurate quantitative explanation the resolution of the experimental set-up, as described in A05-m3a, should be increased. At the end of the original version of A05, and in the module A05-m6b of the modularised version, a suggestion is made to increase that resolution by replacing the source, one of the `standard' components' of the set-up, by another type of source.

The resulting module
The module Leads for further research is optional for solved problems (articles with finished proofs, for example). However, most `regular research' is a continuing effort and therefore likely to given rise to new problems, even if the problem at hand is solved. In most of the articles we analysed, no adequate solution to the problem could be found. The `new problems' that arise from the problem-solving procedures presented in the articles therefore mostly concern reformulations of the old problem. The Leads for further research module containing such a reformulation depends on the (inconclusive) Findings, which is expressed in the characterised link between the modules m6a and m6b.

The bottom-line of article A05, as is stated in the module Findings A05-m6a, was that the problem addressed in the module Central problem was solved only roughly and qualitatively: the simple classical model does not give a good explanation of the reaction. For a more accurate quantitative solution, a new approach is suggested in the module Leads for further research A05-m6b, and carried out subsequently in article A08 in which this problem is addressed by experimenting on a more simple system and by using a more complex model and a more complicated experimental set-up.



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