Using Questions to Focus Your Ideas

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Thomas Galvez

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Thomas Galvez

Activity

  1. Open a new document on your computer.
  2. Write down the topic in which you are currently interested.
  3. Generate 5-7 alternative or related words about the topic. Consider using a dictionary (or Merriam-Webster) and/or thesaurus to help.
  4. Ask lots questions about your topic–at least 25! Be sure to use all of the question words: who, what, when, why, where, and how.
  5. Pick two questions you are really interested in writing about and/or would fit the parameters of your assignment. Briefly discuss how/why these questions are a good fit.
  6. Pick two questions you know you don’t want to write about and/or would not be a good fit for your assignment. Briefly discuss how/why these questions are not a good fit.
  7. Share-out: Copy/paste or upload your writing to the comments thread.

3 thoughts on “Using Questions to Focus Your Ideas

  1. Edward Conley

    1.Open a new document on your computer.
    2.Write down the topic in which you are currently interested.
    Vibration Analysis
    3.Generate 5-7 alternative or related words about the topic. Consider using a dictionary (or Merriam-Webster) and/or thesaurus to help.
    Vibrations, natural frequency, resonance, pulsation, and shaking.
    5.Pick two questions you are really interested in writing about and/or would fit the parameters of your assignment. Briefly discuss how/why these questions are a good fit.
    1.) How to determine the natural frequency by experiment?
    To determine the natural frequency of a component by experiment is necessary in the design process to see how the component actually performs.
    2.) How to determine the natural frequency using numerical methods?
    By solving the numerical methods the experiment and numerical methods can be compared and evaluated.
    6.Pick two questions you know you don’t want to write about and/or would not be a good fit for your assignment. Briefly discuss how/why these questions are not a good fit.
    How does the natural frequency of a component change due to material selection?
    Material selection of the project are pre-determined.
    Does changes in component shape effect the natural frequency?
    The shape of the payload is a pre designed plate.

  2. Cameron

    1. The topic I am interested in is the Bladeless Turbine
    2. Tesla, Rankine, Steam, Humidification, Efficiency, Boundary layer.
    3. How does the bladeless turbine compare to the standard steam turbine?
    What is the average efficiency of steam turbines?
    How much more efficient can the bladeless turbine be than the steam turbine?
    Is the efficiency worth any drawbacks of the bladeless turbine?
    How does the bladeless turbine work?
    What design details are critical for maximizing efficiency?
    What input humidity ratio yields the maximum efficiency?
    Can a solar collector yield the optimum humidity ratio?
    What else besides efficiency can the bladeless turbine be preferable to a standard steam turbine?
    Are the manufacturing costs lower for a bladeless turbine compared to a steam turbine?
    What are practical uses for the versatility of the bladeless turbine? (Use as pump, reverse flow)
    Can a bladeless turbine produce to same power output as a standard turbine?
    What kind of flow is more effective inside the turbine, laminar or turbulent?
    How thick is the boundary layer on a disk?
    How many disks should the turbine have?
    What is the spacing between the disks?
    What is the radius of the disks?
    Will a water collector on the outflow affect the performance?
    How many holes should the outflow have?
    Are perfectly circular holes for the outflow optimal?
    What type of metal should be use?
    Does this turbine require too high of quality of metal?
    What is the highest efficiency in the world of an actual model?
    Can particles exist in the fluid and can the turbine still perform correctly?
    What is the best viscosity of the input fluid?
    Why has there been no one in the world who capitalized on this turbine’s potential?
    4. What else besides efficiency can the bladeless turbine be preferable to a standard steam turbine?
    We will be focusing primarily on efficiency; however we need to find other aspects which make the bladeless turbine win against the standard steam turbine.
    What are practical uses for the versatility of the bladeless turbine? (Use as pump, reverse flow)
    We know now that there are many uses for this turbine. Can these uses actually be applied in real life situations?

    5. What is the best viscosity of the input fluid?
    We know that we are going to use water in this experiment.
    Does this turbine require too high of quality of metal?
    One down payment on materials many be insignificant compared to performance.

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