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Lesson 4A: An Engineering Introduction to Machines–ALTERNATE, Inclined Plane (December 14)

This SUPPLEMENTAL assignment is for ONLY for the students who have more than one engineering class with this teacher.

Objectives: (1) To introduce students to the basic concepts of machines, as used by engineers;  (2) to specifically learn the most basic principles of the inclined plane; (3) to practice concisely articulating a complex concept.

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Warm Up Exercise, December 13 & 14, 2018 (with supplement)

SHORT ESSAY:1 Arthur C. Clarke2 is credited with the quote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”3  Explain what you think he meant.  Do you think he was correct?  Explain why or why not.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION: Only do the supplement below if you are one of the three students who have two engineering classes. Otherwise, do not proceed.

CLICK HERE only if you have been specifically told to do the supplement for this date

  1. Your short essay should be a paragraph or two. “Explain” means to give some logical reasons for your point of view
  2. Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (1917 – 2008) was a British author, inventor and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
  3. Profiles of the Future (revised edition, 1973)

Lesson 3: An Engineering Introduction to Machines–Gears ALTERNATE (December 12)

This SUPPLEMENTAL assignment is for ONLY for the students who have more than one engineering class with this teacher.

Objectives: (1) To introduce students to the basic concepts of machines, as used by engineers; and (2) to specifically learn the most basic principles of how the movement of gears is regulated in a mechanical pendulum clock.

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Warm Up Exercise, December 11 & 12 2018 (with supplement)

SHORT ESSAY:1 Some of the examples given for gears include devices such as mechanical alarm clocks and hand cranked drills.  Would you expect gears to be more or less important now that so many of the devices we use today are either electronic and/or computer controlled?

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION: Only do the supplement below if you are one of the three students who have two engineering classes. Otherwise, do not proceed.

CLICK HERE only if you have been specifically told to do the supplement for this date

  1. Your short essay should be a paragraph or two. “Explain” means to give some logical reasons for your point of view

Lesson 2: An Engineering Introduction to Machines–ALTERNATE (December 7 & 10)

INSTRUCTIONS:

On this assignment, work individually.  Each person submits his own, individual answers.

Prepare a 14 question quiz, based on the underlying material  in Lessons 1 and 2; that is:

  • Lesson 1:  An Engineering: Introduction to Machines–Levers (December 5 & 6)
  • Lesson 2: An Engineering Introduction to Machines–Wheel and Axle (December 7 & 10)

All questions must be:

  1. Reasonable;
  2. Not too easy, and not too hard;
  3. Answered, based on the material in these two lessons.  You may include other information from your additional research; so long as it closely related to the material on these lessons, and it is easily obtainable through an online search.
  4. A question such as you would expect from an actual teacher at Western High School.

The types of questions should be

  • 4 each of True/False;
  • 4 each of fill in the blank with one or two words;
  • 4 Multiple choice; Each multiple choice at least A through D.  For one of them, the approved solution (correct answer) must be “all of the above” or  “none of the above;
  • 2 prompts for a short essay (minimum 1/2 page) that call for opinion(s) based on key information contained in the video, without doing any additional research.

PROVIDE  ANSWERS, for all but the essays, in [brackets] after each question

FOOTNOTES:

Warm Up Exercise, December 7 and 10, 2018 (with supplement)

SHORT ESSAY:1 President Franklin D. Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy.”  What was he talking about?  Do you agree with him?  Explain why or why not.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION: Only do the supplement below if you are one of the three students who have two engineering classes. Otherwise, do not proceed.

CLICK HERE only if you have been specifically told to do the supplement for this date

  1. Your short essay should be a paragraph or two. “Explain” means to give some logical reasons for your point of view