Sunday, May 4, 2014

Introduction to The Trial of Socrates for English I/Humanities

Step 1:Read these links and get background information on his life, trial, and death. Take notes from each website link to show evidence of your online research as Exit Ticket. Notes should include the web site names. 

Step 2: Go to Mrs. Pulido's Virtual Socratic Seminar, read some of the excerpts of the blog post about protest, and answer the original EQ with a much more educated opinion and response.
You may also engage in civilized and polite discussions among your peers. Be sure to write only your first names (no nicknames). Respond to at least three students' comments. 
Step 3: In groups of 3 not more than 4, select one of the following problems, get together and come up with a solution. Here are your directions:
In a group, discuss the problem and arrive at a solution. Choose someone to listen and record the group’s thinking processes and star which thinking processes were most useful. The teacher will give time to report the group’s solution and will also give the recorder time to relate the group’s thinking processes. These problems are not trick problems, but all have a rational solution. So when the group has a/the answer, send the recorder to check with the teacher.

Problem 1: Elsie was planning to go away for about a month. She wrapped her good jewelry in a blanked and put it in her self- cleaning oven. Why?

Problem 2: “this is a CD player,” said the electronics store salesman to an old woman. “It gives excellent sound because the signal is recorded digitally. Each individual tone is especially encoded so you won’t hear any background noise. The music sounds the same as when it was recorded every time it’s played”
            “Is that so!” she exclaimed.
            “Yes, it’s relatively new,” he continued. “Until a few years ago, all recordings were analog. They picked up background noise and sounded worse the more they were played. “
            “Nonsense!” she retorted. “If digital recordings are what you say they are, I’ve been using them since I was a little girl.”

Explain how her statement is true.

Problem 3: A shipping clerk needed to send a piece of heavy machinery to a customer and preferred using a trucking firm that was both cheap and dependable. Unfortunately, the trucking company had a 75-pound limit per package. The machinery, packed for shipment, weighted 77 pounds and could not be easily disassembled for two separate packages. How did the clerk solve the problem?

Problem 4:  The back door of the house had a simple lock, and the burglar had no difficulty opening it. Doing so, however, he tripped an alarm. The burglar quickly jumped clear of the house and ran as fast as he could making a successful escape. At first the homeowners were pleased that their alarm system had apparently averted a theft, but when they investigated it was quickly noticed that small valuables were missing from each of several rooms in the house. Explain.

Problem 5: Two people entered the woods for a walk. Later, two people left the woods. No one else had been in the woods when the two entered, and no one entered the woods while the two were walking. Nevertheless, one of the two people who left the woods was soon on the telephone talking about a third person in the woods. Explain.

Problem 6:  “I’ve discovered a universal solvent,” says a scientist.
            “What do you mean?” you ask.
            “Just what I said. Everything it touches dissolves and becomes part of it,” replies the scientist.
            “Nonsense! If it does what you say, what would you possibly keep it in?” you retort.
What does he keep it in?

Problem 7: Louis and Lucy were in their basement working on the household wiring. “We need a 20 ft extension cord,” said Louis. He unwound twenty feet of 2-conductor 16-gauge wire from a spool and cut off the right length. He stripped the insulation from both ends. After handing one end to Lucy he took a plug and fastened it to his end. Lucy worked on the other end. “Ready?” Louis asked.
            “Yes,” answered Lucy.
            “Let’s plug it in and test it,” said Louis, putting the plug into an outlet that was connected to a wall switch. As soon as Louis flipped the wall switch, a circuit breaker tripped. What was wrong?

Problem 8: Bill and Jill were getting hungry. Deciding to eat, they got out a container of several eggs.
“Which of these eggs is hard-boiled?” asked Bill. “I don’t see X’s marked on any of them.”
            “I didn’t bother doing that,” replied Jill. “After all, if an egg spins easily, it is hard-boiled. If it wobbles a little, then it’s raw.”
            “That’s true, but that doesn’t’ help us now!” Bill said, exasperated. Why?

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