Midterm1_Spring2007 - PffP Midterm exam 1 Part A Essay...

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PffP Midterm exam 1 Part A – Essay Questions February 22, 2007 Row________ Seat________ Last name_________________ First_______________SID___________GSI_________ Essay questions (20 pts): pick one and only one to answer; circle the one you choose. Write a page on the back of this sheet . This side is for your personal notes only. Cover the important points in a clear and concise manner – as if you have only a few minutes to tell the President, your roommate, or your parent, what that person needs to know. Clear, effective writing is important. If English is a new language for you, state so at the top of your essay. If you need to re-write the essay, ask for a new copy of this page. 1. Understanding the effects of heat is important for many reasons other than just keeping warm. What is heat? What is the meaning of "temperature". Explain, with numbers if possible, how heat plays a role in sea level rise, the destruction of the levees in New Orleans, and the Space Shuttle tragedy. 2. Describe what is meant by the "linear hypothesis" for nuclear radiation effects. What does it say about a "threshold"? Is the linear hypothesis true for radiation illness? Why is there a debate about the linear hypothesis; can't the issues be answered scientifically? Give an example to show how the linear hypothesis affects public discussion of
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