FYF 101J - Alternative Energy

About Exam I


As you know, you will be taking Exam I on Monday, 18 October. This page will contain some information about my expectations for that exam - and will provide you with some direction about how to prepare for it. This exam is worth 75 out of a PROJECTED total of 500 points.

General coverage

In this exam, I need to assess how well you are understanding the information given in this course to this point. The information will pertain to the general aims of the course, as well as key details about certain topics. The exam will likely consist of 25 multiple choice questions (at one point each) along with some short-answer questions and one or two essays. The essays may be of the nature "support or refute the following statement," where I give you a statement, and look for the way in which you agree or disagree with it.

About the course introduction

Read over and know the course syllabus, including the course description, course objectives, and course policies.

About the session conducted by Ms. Mackesy

Read over the notes that you took for her session and review her Powerpoint. What were the main points that she made and her primary recommendations?

About Mr. Sacolic's session on the library

Think about what we did in that session. What were the main points that he made about the Farley library?  Be able to compare and contrast primary and secondary references.

About Group Decision Making

Review the information discussed in the 11 September session, relating to group decision making.  Have a general idea of the methods of group decision making that were presented as links to the session page.  What strategy for group decision-making did we focus on for the session.  What were the steps involved for that strategy?

Communicating Effectively by Digital Media

Review the information discussed in the 16 September session.  How has the evolution of different forms of digital media in the past 30 years changed the way we communicate?  What is Social Networking, and what are best practices for student use of social network sites (see this link for some great tips)?  Regarding the effective use of email, what are some best practices that students should employ (see this link for some great tips)?  I will construct an essay question (or maybe a few multiple-choice or true/false questions) based on your tips for both.

About Data

We spent some bit of time discussing scientific data, and related issues. Review the notes for the sessions on 18 September, 21 September, and 23/25 September. I will likely ask multiple choice or short answer questions on these topics.

About Dr Alves's session

Think about what Dr. Alves discussed in his session on 30 September.  Be sure to review his Powerpoint presentation. What issues did he discuss concerning bringing new technologies to market?  How do you believe his comments relate to alternative energy technologies?

Basic concepts of energy

Review the information given in the Powerpoint that I began during the 2 October session, and concluded on 9 October. The main points in that session were:

Don't worry about the conversion factors.  But do know the relationship between force, energy, and power.

About the session on the media hosted by Mr. Sweeney
Think about the main points that he made in Rory Sweeney's presentation.  What was his background that led him to his current position?  How do reporters get their information?  What do they consider when writing a story?  What issues do they have to deal with when trying to convey complex scientific or technical topics to the public.

Information and the Web

Review the information given during the 7 October session. What is the difference between Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0?  What did I say about the quality of information and intellectual property issues regarding information on the web?

About sessions on Hubbert Curve, Geothermal, and Hydropower

Because these were the topics of the first set of webquests - and each person has unique expertise on one subject based on his / her research, I will stick to the points that I made in class.  To that end, review the relatively brief overview that I provided on the Hubbert Curve, the Powerpoint pertaining to Geothermal energy, and the Powerpoint pertaining to Hydroelectric power.  My questions will likely address broad concepts rather than nitty-gritty details.

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