Unit Lessons

2011-05-25 - Monster Truck Final Assessment

posted May 25, 2011, 4:11 AM by Nick Formica   [ updated May 25, 2011, 4:12 AM ]

ADA Monster Trucks

2011-05-02 Monster Truck Progress

posted May 2, 2011, 4:41 AM by Nick Formica   [ updated May 2, 2011, 4:44 AM ]

2011-03-10 - Drivelines and Transmissions

posted Mar 9, 2011, 6:55 PM by Nick Formica

Please look up the following terms and summarize in a word document.  You must include a picture for each item labeled with a (*).  Please submit to the hand-in folder when complete.

  1. Drive-line components*
    1. differential
    2. limited slip differential
    3. transfer case
    4. universal joint
    5. drive shaft slip joint/yoke
    6. constant velocity joint
  2. Transmission components*
    1. manual transmission*
      1. pressure plate (highlight related components-at least 3)
      2. synchronizer
      3. helical gear (compare to straight cut)
      4. sequential manual transmission (motorcycle)
    2. automatic transmission*
      1. torque converter
      2. planetary gear
      3. CVT transmission

2011-03-09 - Suspension and Traction Systems

posted Mar 9, 2011, 5:18 AM by Nick Formica   [ updated Mar 9, 2011, 6:56 PM ]

Please look up the following terms and summarize in a word document.  Please submit to the hand-in folder when complete.
  1. Suspensions
    1. McPherson Strut
    2. Control Arm
    3. panhard rod/bar
    4. trailing arm
    5. multilink
    6. coilover suspension
    7. damper
  2. Traction
    1. purpose of tread
    2. directional tread
    3. tank tread vs. Tire tread (compare advantages and disadvantages)
    4. purpose of air in tires

2011-03-03 - Transportation-Monster Trucks

posted Mar 2, 2011, 4:45 AM by Nick Formica   [ updated Mar 29, 2011, 5:48 AM ]

For this project, you are to design a small monster truck to navigate through an obstacle course.  It will have to do the following:
  1. Timed Drag Strip
  2. "Mud" Bog
  3. Hill Climb
  4. "Terrain" Crawl
  5. Jump Test
  6. tug of war (slippery surface)
  7. demolition derby (behavior dependent)
To do this you will have the following materials not to exceed $4.50:
 price ea.
max qty
 .10/ft 1/4" squarewood strips 36"
.10 screw
.05 nut
.02 washer
 #4-40 or #6-32
screws, nuts, and washers
.20/ft approx 1/8-1/4" thick
plywood or thin wood
.20 approx 1"
.30/ft 1/8"welding rod (for axles)
.05 sm
.10 med
.15 lg
 assortedpulleys or gears - you may make your own
.05 assortedrubber bands
.50 1" dia
.10 3"wheels wood or bring in your own (tracks allowed too)
.05/ft 18gawire

  1. Truck must have 1 of the following:
    1. tracks
    2. independent suspension (live axle is okay)
    3. 4 wheel drive with 2 speeds
    4. universal joint in drive-train
    5. bevel gear (change direction of drive-train)
  2. Every truck must have the following
    1. hitch
    2. graphics with a body
    3. look somewhat realistic
    4. 8"-15" long, no more than 12" tall, and 8" wide
  3. Each group needs to document their truck before they start to build
    1. parts list (can change during construction of truck)
    2. detailed drawing
    3. extra drawing of their added component (part 1)
  4. Each group must combine with another group to make their obstacle.

2011-02-24 - Energy and Transportation Systems

posted Feb 24, 2011, 5:44 AM by Nick Formica   [ updated Mar 1, 2011, 5:33 AM ]

For this assignment you are to determine if your selected energy/power or transportation technology is truly a viable alternative to traditional(or your compared) energy systems.
  1. Define the problem - Our current consumption of resources is staggering, does (your technology) help reduce our impact on the environment enough to justify using it over what we traditionally use or does it provide a compelling set of advantages over the more environmentally friendly alternatives?
  2. Research and investigation - research similar problems and existing commercial solutions (at least 5)
  3. Generate comparison - list as many differences (examples where your technology can make a difference) as possible (at least 7) and describe the most important two.
  4. Detailed plan - create a plan/proposal using one of the following formats:
    1. Presentation using a web tool other than power-point-choose from below or ask
      1. www.prezi.com - visual presentation alternative
      2. sites.google.com - website
      3. www.mywebspiration.com - mind mapping software
    2. Video
      1. www.stupiflix.com
      2. any other creation software you can use (ie. movie maker)
    3. 3D poster
    4. Practical solution/prototype (something we can implement)
  5. Evaluate - critique your classmate's proposals using the supplied rubric and make improvement suggestions
  6. Redesign - review your classmate's suggestions and write a reflection on indicating what you would keep, change, or remove from your chosen solution and presentation.
PTS Design Loop Step
 0  Define the Problem
 15  Research and Investigation 3 points per relevant source
 20  Generate Comparison 2 points per idea up to 14 points and 6 points for your descriptions
 35  Develop a Design Proposal 10 points for practicality, 15 points for compelling presentation, 10 points for creativity
 0  Build a Prototype/Model part of design proposal in this assignment
 15  Test and Evaluate you must provide 5 critiques 3 points for each productive critique
 15  Redesign/Reflection overall reflection of your presentation based on class feedback
 100  Total  

2011-02-16 - Fuel Injection & Engine Intake Design

posted Feb 16, 2011, 5:53 AM by Nick Formica   [ updated Mar 28, 2011, 5:43 AM ]

  1. What pressures do the following have in P.S.I. ?
    1. carburetor
    2. throttle body injector
    3. multiport injector
    4. Direct injector
  2. Describe two advantages/disadvantages of each item above.
  3. How does a rotary engine (wankel) work?

2011-02-10 - Engines

posted Feb 10, 2011, 4:06 AM by Nick Formica

Please review the following web resources as a basis of your notes.
Wikipedia - Four Stroke Engine
  Please takes notes on each item from the table of contents from 1 to 2.5
  Within each heading, be sure to include all terms highlighted in blue
  You may work in groups of 2-3 to divide the work using a Google document.
Animated Engines - Click Here

2011-01-31 - Household Wiring Cont'd

posted Jan 30, 2011, 12:24 PM by Nick Formica

Please review the attached document for our current assignments.

2011-01-05 - Household Wiring

posted Jan 12, 2011, 1:10 PM by Nick Formica   [ updated Jan 12, 2011, 1:34 PM ]

Your home consists of parallel circuits of alternating current.  This means that each device acts independently from one another (in ideal circumstances).  Switches and breakers are connected in series with the loads in a household for control and protection.  The series switch/breaker breaks the electrical connection from the hot side of a circuit.

Hot wire - black or red - this the the "dangerous" wire
neutral wire - white - this wire completes the circuit at the electrical box
ground wire - protection wire in case a hot or neutral wire slips off terminal and does not trip the breaker

The neutral and ground wires are connected together at the electrical box.  From there, a connection is physically made to the earth typically via a water pipe or copper rod.

Please review the attached documents for additional information.

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