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Week # 5 March 5 - March 12

The course is shaping up with the first big hurdle of exam 1 being completed as this is posted. Many students are right on target, but we are developing a persistant number of that are lagging for whatever reasons. Even after two weeks on Issue 1 - some have not completed this assignment. A few people still need to make great efforts to get caught up.

Fifth Week Assignments for March 12

Assignments Past Due:

Topic 4:
Exam # 1 Exams will be released electronically, when all have been returned. I will send an email when you may view the results. Depending upon when all exams are in and graded, I will be giving you your first grade update sometime during this week or early next.

This week is one of several where three activities are required: Topic 5 discussion, Lab 2, and Issue 2. Both the lab and the issue are very straight forward with no extra parts. The issue # 2 discussion will carry over for two weeks - so the final due date is March 19.

On-line Discussion both Lecture Topic and Issues: As the course progresses, I will be more discerning in judging your remarks in the discussions. Initially, I was just looking for participation and completion of discussion questions. Most of you are already doing very excellent work in composing your responses, good content, about the right length (usually a paragraph or two) - keep up the same level of work. In a few cases people may lose a point for an inadequate response, remember that that main Issue Ques 7 - I am lookingfor 4-6 paragraphs of discussion. For responses, please try to say more than you agree with someone - add a new point or two of your own.

Another issue to keep in mind is to give some reference citations where you find the answers to questions. They may be listed in a general way. Do NOT just copy and paste, but reformulate ideas into your own words.
Method to list references and citations

1. On-line Lecture Topic 5 Discussion: Do the readings in the text book and correlate that with the Topic 5 Industrial Chemical Synthesis.

ON-LINE Lecture Discussion Requirement: This is a rare week where one question counts as three questions.
The one question is to do a short report on one industrial chemical. You may do one of your choosing. Please be as complete as possible on all of the requirements of the question. You may not find all of them. In some cases just think about the environmental effects.


2.. Laboratory # 2: Work on Lab 2 (several versions available - Online version HTML format and MSWord version). Once you have printed a version of the lab, then check the online versionLab #2 because I have given you the results for the first part of the lab, so all you have to do is start from the data given to do the calculations. Be sure to answer all questions and do all of the calculations. In a few places, I have given approximate answers to keep you on the right track. Hopefully this will not take as long as the first one, as it has fewer chemicals.

3. On-line Issue #2 Discussion:

ISSUE 2: Should the the United States build more nuclear power plants?

Be sure to look at the issue intro carefully, as each student has been assigned a "role" for a role play. Debate roles 1-3 are probably on the NO side while roles 4-6 are on the YES side. Try to play your role effectively even if you do not agree with it. You can change and give a personal viewpoint at the end of your discussion.

To help get started and to focus the discussion, a series of sub questions are listed in. On-Line Discussion of Issue # 2. Specific assignments have been made for Student ID's in Ques 1-5 (same as last time). All you have to do is to start explaining some of the terms and when answering, perhaps consider your role. You may also post other interesting information and ask me questions. The assigned question is worth 2 points.

The main part of the discussion is the answer to the main question (# 7: on the Discussion form) (6 points)
Should the the U. S. start to build more power plants?
For this question 7 - this is where you try to answer from the view point of the role that you have been assigned. Put your main effort into this question, (worth 6 points) make some good arguments and use some facts to back up your points. This should be 4-6 paragraphs in length, also for people that enter the discussion later, try to comment on previous remarks. I will be a little more discerning this time in what you write and deduct points for inadequate effort.

Finally, go back and respond to someone else either in the sub questions or the main question. (2 points)

The completion of this issue # 2 will extend to March 19 but try to do most of it (especially the first assigned question) by the first deadline of March12.

 Role Play Assignments   Student ID
 1. Environmental Scientist  8, 9, 20, 21, 26
 2. Citizen living near a power plant, a (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard advocate. 10, 11, 22, 23 , 27
 3. General Concerned Citizen 12, 13, 24, 25, 28
 4. Nuclear Scientist from NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) 1, 2, 14, 15, 29
 5. Electrical and Nuclear Power Plant Official 3, 4, 16, 17, 30
 6. Nuclear Fuel Cycle/Power Plant workers  5, 6, 7, 18, 19


1. Collect some rain or water samples and measure the pH in preparation for Part I. Procedures 1 and 2: Lab # 4

2. For Topic 6 - Next week: Please look at this as you need to write down gallons of gasoline per week and find your electric and natural gas bills.

Special Assignment for Topic 6 Only
How much energy do you use? How much carbon dioxide do you produce as a result of burning fossil fuels for energy?
This assessment is worth 6 points.