MidTerm03C-B

MidTerm03C-B - Mid-Term Exam Closed Book, Closed Notes...

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Mid-Term Exam FORM B Closed Book, Closed Notes 8 October 2003 Name_______________________ TA________________________ Section______ I affirm that I will adhere to the Aggie Code of Honor while taking this examination. (Signature):__________________________ 1. In the case that opens the textbook, William LeMessurier discovered that the 59-story building he designed might not be resistant to quartering (diagonal) winds in a sixteen-year storm. Part of the problem was that the original specification for full penetration welds had been disregarded, and the joints had been bolted instead. LeMessurier designed and implemented a “fix” for the problem and a possible disaster was averted. What is a conceptual issue in this case? a. How should “safe” be defined? b. How is a “quartering wind” defined in the building code? c. Will the storm coming towards New York have quartering winds? d. Would the storm coming towards New York be a sixteen-year storm? e. None of the above 2. What is a factual issue in the case in #1? a. How many stories did the building have? b. Was the building safe, given a clear definition of “safe”? c. How should we define “safe”? d. Would the building have survived a sixteen-year storm? e. Both a and d. 3. What is a factual issue in the case in #1? a. What is a quartering wind? b. How is a “quartering wind” defined in the building code? c. Should the city officials tell the public about the increased risk? d. Both b and c. e. None of the above 4. What is an application issue in the case in #1? a. What is a quartering wind? b. How is a “quartering wind” defined in the building code? c. Will the storm reach New York? d. Was the building safe, given a clear definition of “safe”? e. None of the above
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5. You are an engineer in sales trying to sell your product overseas in a foreign market. A representative of the foreign firm asks for $10,000 as a condition for buying your product. In order to complete the sale, you offer instead to take $10,000 off the price of you product. If one were using casuistry (line drawing) to determine whether taking the money off the price of the product is a bribe and were constructing a NEGATIVE PARADIGM (one in which the action is clearly a bribe), which of the features should be on the list? a. The quality of the product is poor. b. The price reduction will benefit the purchasing firm, not the leader of the firm. c. The product is relatively inexpensive. d. Both a and b. e. None of the above. 6. The Endangered Species Act allows the Federal government to prevent landowners from altering their property if doing so threatens an endangered species or its habitat. The U.S. Constitution requires that citizens must not be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. Suppose a federal agency requires Mr. Jones to refrain from any farming on part of his property, or from altering it in any way, and that he says this is a “deprivation” of his property and thus unconstitutional. Mr. Jones is making a claim
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