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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)

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.

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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

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.

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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

Warm Up Exercise, December 5 and 6, 2018 (with supplement)

SHORT ESSAY:1 Some people say the wheel is the most important invention in history. Explain why this claim is true or false. In what way would the modern world be different if we didn’t have the wheel?

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

Title: Warm Up Exercise, December 3 and 4, 2018 (with supplement)

Spirit of St. Louis
The Spirit of St. Louis was flown by Charles Lindbergh on May 20 – 21, 1927, on the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight (drawing from US Air Force)

SHORT ESSAY:1   List, in order, the five most important things you learned about aeronautical engineering during our series on this topic. For each of the five items, explain why it is important  (note: this is your opinion, so there is no right or wrong answer, so long as your answer is logical and well-reasoned).

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

Warm Up Exercise, November 29 & 30 (with supplement)

IMPORTANT:  The concise General Rules for Written Assignments and Rules for Warm Up Exercises apply in order to receive credit for this warm up exercise.

SHORT ESSAY:1 We have been studying four primary considerations for flight: Lift, Weight, Thrust, and Drag. For purposes of our Paper Airplane Contest, rank each of these four considerations in order of importance. For each one of these properties, explain why you give it this ranking.

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 minimum of 10 lines. “Explain” means to give some logical reasons for your point of view

Warm Up Exercise, November 27 & 28 (with supplement)

IMPORTANT: please read and follow BOTH the concise General Rules for Written Assignments and Rules for Warm Up Exercises in order to receive credit for this warm up exercise.

WRITE THE FOLLOWING on  the top of your warm up page, after you have read the two items listed above:
(1)  I read and understand the “General Rules for Written Assignments”
(2) I read and understand the “Rules for Warm Up Exercises”
SHORT ESSAY:   Don’t the basic principles of thrust, drag, weight, and lift seem pretty simple?  Why did it take until the beginning of the 20th Century for a working airplane to be built?  Do you think in another 100 years engineering students will be marveling at the “simple” inventions we haven’t  built yet?  Explain your answer.

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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Warm Up Exercise, November 20 & 26, 2018 (with supplement)

IMPORTANT:  please read and follow BOTH the  concise General Rules for Written Assignments and Rules for Warm Up Exercises in order to receive credit for this warm up exercise.

SHORT ESSAY:  Engineers, and most other professions, have professional standards and civil statutes they must obey. Violation of some of these rules may involve criminal sanctions or loss of a license, even if the engineer does not agree with that rule.   (1)  Please discuss the importance of engineers following rules, in general.  (2) That is, why is it important to follow rules–even if you don’t understand or agree with the rule?   (3) What, if any, are the exceptions?

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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Warm Up Exercise, November 16 & 19, 2018 (with supplement)

SHORT ESSAY:1 Explain (give reasons) why or why not the government should make and enforce rules relating to airline safety.  Explain why or why not the government should make and enforce rules relating to airline passenger comfort; such as seat size and spacing.

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