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For this assignment you will answer the questions listed below.  Each question has been assigned a certain number of points.  Be sure to answer all of the items asked for in the question to get full credit.  Your assignment is to be word processed, double spaced and grammar and spell checked.

 

Possible websites are listed below each question to get you started in finding your answers.  Some material that relates to the questions may be found within your book, some will not.  You are free to use other sources as well.  However, Wikipedia is NOT to be used.  (Wikipedia is an open source site.  Changes can be made that may make information posted there incorrect.)  You must cite your work appropriately and enclose a reference page.  Be sure to list even the sites that I have provided you if you use them to answer the question.

 

Do NOT do a laundry list of “question asked” and “answer” in your answer.  While I have provided you with questions to answer, please answer them in paragraph form.  Your answers should read as a narrative that covers all of the items raised by my questions.

 

You are to rewrite in your own words  the material that you find for your answers rather than doing copy and paste.  Do NOT copy and paste material without putting it in quotation marks and appropriately citing  the sources. You are not to copy more than two citations per question.  ( Copying and pasting without quotations and appropriate citations is plagiarism and will result in a grade of 40 (F) for the total assignment.)

You can go to turnitin.com and submit your paper to check percentage of material copied. You should have less than 15% copied for each question.

If you are unsure just what plagiarism is, please go to the writing center website and click on the link to the right.  The writing center is at http://www.csuohio.edu/academic/writingcenter/

If you are unsure how to do citations, you can go to:http://library.csuohio.edu/research/vrd/citations.html

 

The links to the guides there are very good.  If you are not required to use a specific format by your major discipline, I suggest using APA.

 

  1. How do earthquakes occur? Where are they the most prevalent?

Where have they occurred this year?  Who studies the occurrence of earthquakes?  What do they use to predict them?

What are the causes of earthquakes?

Compare and contrast the Mercalli Intensity scale and Richter scale.  How were each developed? How effective are they in predicting earthquakes and measuring the impact?

Where is the San Andreas Fault located?  What is the prediction for this location?

Do you have to worry about earthquakes living in Ohio? Prove your answer.

How would you be prepared for an earthquake?  (35 points)

(Hint: Earthweek.com also discusses current earthquakes and there is an article on the Course Content page)

www.seismo.unr.edu

http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu

www.csulb.edu

http:// quake.usgs.gov

projects.crustal.ucsb.edu

 

  1. Feb 12th is the birthday shared by Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Who is Charles Darwin and how did he impact the biological world?

How did he define evolution?  What are the major theories that he developed?

What is the theory of Evolutionary Selection or Speciation? How did he use the evolution of the finch species as an example?

What is a theory in the scientific world?

How is Charles Darwin and his theories viewed today by scientists?

Explain why or why you do not agree with his theory in today’s society. (35 points)

 

http://www.visionlearning.com/library/module_viewer.php?mid=110&l=&c3=

http://www.darwinday.org/englishL/home/index.html

http://www.lucidcafe.com/library/96feb/darwin.html

http://wilstar.com/theories.html

 

  1. What is a rock? What is a mineral?

List the three types of rocks.

What elements are found in the earth’s crust?  Provide a use for each of them.

How did the geological structure of northeast Ohio form?  What type of rocks is found in northeast Ohio?

How did the Cuyahoga Valley form?  ( 25 points)

www.dnr.state.oh.us/tabid/7885/default.aspx

www.dnr.state.oh.us/tabid/7870/default.aspx

www.nps.gov/archive/cuva/management./geology

 

For this assignment you will answer the questions listed below.  Each question has been assigned a certain number of points.  Be sure to answer all of the items asked for in the question to get full credit.

Websites are listed below each question to get you started in finding your answers.  Some material that relates to the questions may be found within your book, some will not.  You are free to use other sources as well.  However, Wikipedia is NOT to be used.  (Wikipedia is an open source site.  Changes can be made that may make information posted there incorrect.)  You must cite your work appropriately and enclose a reference page.  Be sure to list even the sites that I have provided you if you use them to answer the question.

Do NOT do a laundry list of “question asked” and “answer” in your answer.  While I have provided you with questions to answer, please answer them in paragraph form.  Your answers should read as a narrative that covers all of the items raised by my questions.

I prefer that you paraphrase the material that you find for your answers rather than doing copy and paste.  Do NOT copy and paste material without putting it in quotation marks and appropriately citing it if you feel a need to do your paper this way.  (Copying and pasting without quotations and appropriate citations is plagiarism and will result in a grade of 40 (F) for the total assignment.) If you are unsure just what plagiarism is, please go to the writing center website and click on the link to the right.  The writing center is at http://www.csuohio.edu/academic/writingcenter/

If you are unsure how to do citations, you can go to: http://library.csuohio.edu/research/vrd/citations.html   http://citationmachine.net The links to the guides there are very good.  If you are not required to use a specific format by your major discipline, I suggest using APA.  You can contact me via email or ask questions in class if you are unsure about your assignment.

 

  1. People are confused by what causes the four seasons. Find the answers to these questions.

What are two major reasons for the seasons?

Explain the difference between the Earth’s rotation and Earth’s revolution phases.

What is the sun’s location in relation to earth during summer and winter?

When is the shortest amount of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere?  What do we call this day?  Where does the Sun rise and set on this day?

When is the longest amount of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere? What do we call this day? Where does the Sun rise and set on this day?

What do we call the days when the daylight is equal to amount of darkness? Where does the Sun rise and set on this day?

At what times will be the sunrise and sunset on the first day of spring and then on the first day of summer?

What did you learn from your research? (30 points)

Hint:

http://starryskies.com/solar_system/Earth/reasons_for_seasons.html

http://www.scienceu.com/observatory/articles/seasons/seasons.html

http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/climate/cli_seasons.html

www.sunrisesunset.com

http://www.morehead.unc.edu/Shows/EMS/seasons.htm

 

  1. Living in Cleveland you often hear the term “lake effect “especially in late fall.

What are “lake effect clouds?

What is lake effect snow?  How does lake effect snow develop? What are the benefits for lake effect snow for the area?

What is the difference between lake effect snow and a snow storm?

What is meant by the primary and secondary snow belts of the greater Cleveland area?  Why is there a difference in the amount of lake effect snow that falls throughout the greater Cleveland area?   What is the difference between lake effect and what is called an “Alberta Clipper”?    What is the difference between lake effect and lake enhanced snow?    (35 points)

Hints:  http://www.islandnet.com/~see/weather/elements/lkefsnw3.htm

http://www.comet.ucar.edu/class/smfaculty/byrd/

www.weather.com/encyclopedia/winter/lake.html

www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Alberta_clipper

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/01/post_179.htm

1.How  do thunderstorms form?  What type of clouds are usually present before and during a thunderstorm?  What causes thunder?

What is lightning?  Can you have lightning without thunder?  Please be specific.

When can lightning be life threatening?

What are the safety procedures you should follow when thunder and lightning are present?

Compare the information that is in your book on lightning to the information posted at
Which  do you feel is more helpful in your understanding of lightning?

What did you learn that you did not know before?

http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/edu/ltg/ . Or        http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/primer/lightning/ltg_basics.  html  ( 35 points)

 

 

 

This exercise reflects on your educational journey during this semester.  There is no right or wrong answers to the questions that follow, just your honest opinion.  Submission of the completed assignment will be graded as 100 points unless you are late.  However, I ask that you consider each of the questions and respond with thoughtful answers.  Thank you.

 

  1. Why did you select this course? What did you hope to learn from taking this course?

 

  1. Was this your first online course? If so what did you learn about online courses?

 

  1. Please list three things that you learned in UST 289 that you did not know prior to taking the class.

 

 

  1. Please list at least one thing that you learned that you feel you can apply to your life in some manner. How will you apply this?

 

  1. Considering the 5 graded components of the class? (Quizzes, Earthweek discussion, Quantitative Exercise, Exercises, Short paper), what do you feel assisted your learning the most?  Why?

 

  1. Would you recommend this course?  Please state your reasons.

 

  1. What other topics/subjects should be explored in more detail?

 

 

 

For this assignment you will answer the questions listed below.  Each question has been assigned a certain number of points.  Be sure to answer all of the items asked for in the question to get full credit.

Websites are listed below each question to get you started in finding your answers.  Some material that relates to the questions may be found within your book, some will not.  You are free to use other sources as well.  However, Wikipedia is NOT to be used.  (Wikipedia is an open source site.  Changes can be made that may make information posted there incorrect.)  You must cite your work appropriately and enclose a reference page.  Be sure to list even the sites that I have provided you if you use them to answer the question.

Do NOT do a laundry list of “question asked” and “answer” in your answer.  While I have provided you with questions to answer, please answer them in paragraph form.  Your answers should read as a narrative that covers all of the items raised by my questions.

I prefer that you paraphrase the material that you find for your answers rather than doing copy and paste.  Do NOT copy and paste material without putting it in quotation marks and appropriately citing it if you feel a need to do your paper this way.  (Copying and pasting without quotations and appropriate citations is plagiarism and will result in a grade of 40 (F) for the total assignment.) If you are unsure just what plagiarism is, please go to the writing center website and click on the link to the right.  The writing center is at http://www.csuohio.edu/academic/writingcenter/

If you are unsure how to do citations, you can go to: http://library.csuohio.edu/research/vrd/citations.html   http://citationmachine.net The links to the guides there are very good.  If you are not required to use a specific format by your major discipline, I suggest using APA.  You can contact me via email or ask questions in class if you are unsure about your assignment.

 

  1. People are confused by what causes the four seasons. Find the answers to these questions.

What are two major reasons for the seasons?

Explain the difference between the Earth’s rotation and Earth’s revolution phases.

What is the sun’s location in relation to earth during summer and winter?

When is the shortest amount of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere?  What do we call this day?  Where does the Sun rise and set on this day?

When is the longest amount of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere? What do we call this day? Where does the Sun rise and set on this day?

What do we call the days when the daylight is equal to amount of darkness? Where does the Sun rise and set on this day?

At what times will be the sunrise and sunset on the first day of spring and then on the first day of summer?

What did you learn from your research? (30 points)

Hint:

http://starryskies.com/solar_system/Earth/reasons_for_seasons.html

http://www.scienceu.com/observatory/articles/seasons/seasons.html

http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/climate/cli_seasons.html

www.sunrisesunset.com

http://www.morehead.unc.edu/Shows/EMS/seasons.htm

 

  1. Living in Cleveland you often hear the term “lake effect “especially in late fall.

What are “lake effect clouds?

What is lake effect snow?  How does lake effect snow develop? What are the benefits for lake effect snow for the area?

What is the difference between lake effect snow and a snow storm?

What is meant by the primary and secondary snow belts of the greater Cleveland area?  Why is there a difference in the amount of lake effect snow that falls throughout the greater Cleveland area?   What is the difference between lake effect and what is called an “Alberta Clipper”?    What is the difference between lake effect and lake enhanced snow?    (35 points)

Hints:  http://www.islandnet.com/~see/weather/elements/lkefsnw3.htm

http://www.comet.ucar.edu/class/smfaculty/byrd/

www.weather.com/encyclopedia/winter/lake.html

www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Alberta_clipper

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/01/post_179.htm

1.How  do thunderstorms form?  What type of clouds are usually present before and during a thunderstorm?  What causes thunder?

What is lightning?  Can you have lightning without thunder?  Please be specific.

When can lightning be life threatening?

What are the safety procedures you should follow when thunder and lightning are present?

Compare the information that is in your book on lightning to the information posted at
Which  do you feel is more helpful in your understanding of lightning?

What did you learn that you did not know before?

http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/edu/ltg/ . Or        http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/primer/lightning/ltg_basics.  html  ( 35 points)