Analyze the ways in which your life would change if
transistors and microchips were not a part of our everyday lives.
2. Identify 10 objects in your home that use
semiconductors. What other kinds of materials with special electrical
properties are found in all of these 10 objects (list at least one per item)?
3. Many question the ability of the
Department of Energy to do the good science needed to ensure that Yucca
Mountain is suitable and developed appropriately. Detail the “question” that
4. List three medical technologies that
rely on the physics of elementary particles? What are the benefits of these
5. Describe the movement of the Earth
based upon the perceived change in positions of the stars.
How can we talk about the evolution
of stars over billions of years when human beings have been observing stars for
only a few thousand years?
Some advances in our knowledge
have been made possible through better equipment, such as Hubble’s discoveries
using the 100-inch Hooker telescope at Mount Wilson. What other major
discoveries in cosmology have relied on improvements in existing apparatus?
8. Was the formation of Earth unique, or
was it similar to the processes which created all the planets in the solar
9. The temperature of Earth’s core is
estimated to be > 5,000 degrees Celsius. Is the core temperature of a planet
like Jupiter hotter or colder? Why? Does the distance from the Sun affect the
How does Clyde Tombaugh’s work fit
into the scientific method?
Describe the impact of adjustment
to stress (strain) on the surface of the Earth.
If there were a serious (8 on the
Richter scale) earthquake in California, how might it effect Washington? How
might that effect Idaho and Wyoming
On what tectonic plate do you
live? How many adjacent plates are there? What kinds of boundaries do you find
to the north, south, east, and west? In which direction are these plates moving?
14.Geology has been
called an integrated science, because it calls on several scientific
disciplines to help explain features and processes of Earth. Explain how
geologists have used other sciences to answer the following questions:
a. How old is a
piece of rock?
b. How is heat
transferred from Earth’s deep interior to the surface?
c. How does
Earth’s magnetic field change over time?
d. What is the
structure of Earth’s interior?
e. What is the
topography of the seafloor?
15. Describe three places where you might find volcanic rocks
places where you could watch sedimentary rocks forming today.
Where would you
have to go to watch metamorphic rocks form?
How would our weather patterns be
affected if Earth stopped rotating?
17. One of the problems of understanding the workings of
ecosystems is that it is not possible to hold everything constant and change
only one variable.
Why is this
might this have on the interpretation of observations or experiments?
18. How might the law of unintended consequences play a role
in the effects of legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions?
will be affected?
How might this
affect your daily life?
19. What are the nonliving components of an ecosystem or
How do the
nonliving components limit the living components?
How might changes in climate
affect the relative distribution of organisms in an ecosystem? Provide an