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Counting and Observing at Key Intersections (Assignment 1) Urban Transportation and Planning

The first assignment is a group assignment, to go out and observe key street cross sections and intersections nearby in Cambridge. This assignment gives you a chance to observe and think about how people, different travel modes, infrastructure, and neighboring land uses interact in a real, live place. You will not only look and see what is going on, but also start to become familiar with how "little numbers" translate to real-world conditions: what does 800 cars/hour look like vs. 800 people riding the T, and what impact do these differences have on the nature of the urban scene? You should become familiar with basic ideas like level of service, saturation flow rate, capacity, speeds, flow, and mode share (see Meyer and Miller, Chapter 3). We want you to think about how you measure and what you measure, and what impact this has on the transportation planning process and built outcomes.

Field Trip Experiential Learning Urban Studies SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Lab 7: Rivers Introduction to Geology

This exercise will provide some hands-on experience with methods used for predicting flood frequency and magnitude. We will be using the US Geological Survey (USGS) website to retrieve historical stream gauge data of the sort used to predict the likelihood of flood events of particular magnitudes during a given time interval. Such predictions are the basis for numerous engineering, restoration and development projects in and around rivers.

We will retrieve data for a river in Oregon, use a spreadsheet to analyze the data, and assess the probability of occurrence of floods of particular magnitudes (in terms of discharge), or the likely magnitudes of events of a given recurrence interval. We will then repeat the exercise for the Taunton River in southeastern Massachusetts.

Lab Experiential Learning Geology SDG 15 - Life on Land
Discussion Questions: Mastering the Machine 3 D-Lab I: Development

See [Smillie], pp. 44-66. Please answer the following questions (maximum 2 single-spaced pages), using examples from the book where applicable.

  1. According to the reading, what are some of the major reasons why NGOs and the Third Sector developed such an important role in what we call 'international development'?
  2. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of NGO organizational structure? Use some examples from the reading.
  3. What is meant by 'civil society'? In what ways might the concepts described by this term influenced the development of D-Lab philosophy?
Paper Other Development SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
Convection and moist processes Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics

Problem set for the course Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics

Problem Set Other Fluid Dynamics SDG 15 - Life on Land
Week 6: Reading Guide Science Activism: Gender, Race, and Power

Each week’s readings will be accompanied by a set of guiding questions. As you read the materials, take notes about key messages as well as questions you have. Class discussions will center around these.

Discussion, Reading Other Activism SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
Case Question 2 Applied Macro- and International Economics II

Case Write-up Questions
The following selected case has questions to be addressed and written up. Students should work in teams of three to four. The questions address aspects of the case that need further analysis.

Case: "Menem and the Populist Tradition in Argentina," HBS 9700061.

Explain 3 events from the case (such as devaluations, policy choices, growth, change in export prices, etc.). Do the diagnostic, and explain the impact using the BBNN.

Paper Collaborative, Small Group Learning Economics SDG 8 - Decent Work & Economic Growth
Exercise 1: Composition of the Mantle Introduction to Geology

Calculate the composition of the Earth’s Mantle as estimated from the sun’s composition.

Problem Set Other Geology SDG 15 - Life on Land
Problem Set 3 Ecology I: The Earth System

Problem set for the course Ecology I: The Earth System.

Problem Set Other Ecology SDG 15 - Life on Land
Homework 16 & 17: Sketch 5 Data Storytelling Studio: Climate Change

Start working on your idea for this sketch, and bring into class: data, audience, goals, and question.


Finish your sketch


Sketch Story Other Data Visualization SDG 15 - Life on Land
Detail Design, Analysis and Experimental Results D-Lab II: Design

This assignment prepares for the Phase 3 Design Review of detail design, analysis and experimental results. 

Discussion Experiential Learning Design SDG 15 - Life on Land