Monthly Archives: February 2010

All about Cholera

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Accuracy vs Precise

Precision is the repeatability of results, while accuracy is how close the measurement is to the actual result.

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Desalination as a solution to California's Water Problem

1.1 Introduction to Desalination One possible solution to the California water supply problem is the desalination approach. At the very basic level, desalination works by converting seawater into potable water ready for irrigation and mass consumption. The proximity of the … Continue reading

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Ford Explorer Case in Engineering Ethics

In the 1990s, the Ford Motor Company released a new line of sports utility vehicle, or SUV, called the Ford Explorer. SUVs not only weigh significantly more than regular automobiles, but also tend to be taller than normal passenger vehicles. … Continue reading

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Tragedy of the Commons as applied to water supply and management

A. In his article “The Tragedy of the Commons”, Garret Hardin argues against Adam Smith’s invisible hand concept as it relates to population. In particular, Hardin’s main thesis is that there is no technical solution to the problem of population. … Continue reading

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Ethics in Engineering

Professional Considerations – In the professional realm, engineers often face ethical dilemmas that the core engineering education did not adequately prepare them for. Even the choices made by engineers in the design stages can radically affect the future wellbeing and … Continue reading

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Voting for Higher Stakes

INTRODUCTION With the ratification of the 26th Amendment in 1971, the eligible voting age dropped from 21 to 18. While more young people would be expected to exercise their newly found right to vote, “voting among youth dropped sharply after … Continue reading

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Woll Chapter 2 notes

Woll Chapter 2 Stamp Act 1765: Required that all printed and legal documents, including newspapers, pamphlets, advertisements, notes and bonds, leases, deeds and licenses, be printed on official paper stamped and sold by English officials. Colonists held mass meetings (Stamp … Continue reading

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Property Rights Trump Distributive Justice

The definition of equality has gradually shifted away from the classical definition of equality under the law towards the more modern definition of distributive equality. The latter is achieved through distributive justice which addresses basic human needs such as housing, … Continue reading

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Beard – Framing the Constitution

At the time of adoption of the Constitution, there were two parties: one laying emphasis on strength and efficiency in government, and the other on its popular aspects. Men who led the revolt against Great Britain were not generally men … Continue reading

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