Writing and argumentation are critical to both professional physics and physics education. They are both necessary to the practices of professional science like paper writing and peer review, and are increasingly emphasized in science education standards and best practices. Despite this, the skill of making an extended argument in writing is often overlooked in physics classrooms, apart from certain isolated practices like lab notebooks or mathematical proofs.

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