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Warm Up Exercise, January 10, 2019

SHORT ESSAY:1  Consider the simple machines we have discussed in this class over the past several weeks.  Which one of them is your favorite2  simple machine.  Explain why.

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FOOTNOTES:

  1. Your short essay should be a paragraph or two AND at least 10 lines long. “Explain” means to give some logical reasons for your point of view
  2.   If you don’t have a “favorite,” list any one of them

Lesson 5A: An Engineering Introduction to Machines–ALTERNATE, Inclined Plane (January 9, 2018)

This SUPPLEMENTAL assignment is for ONLY 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 build on basic principles previously learned about the inclined plane.

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Warm Up Exercise, January 8-9, 2019 (with supplement)

SHORT ESSAY:1 Explain why (or why not) engineers should be familiar with the general history of engineering.  Give examples.

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

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  1. Your short essay should comply with the Rules for Warm Up Exercises.  Explain” means to give some logical reasons for your point of view

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.

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  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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