SO503 Honors Modern Methods

Spring 2002 Test 1







6 @ 5 points



Short answer

5 @ 10 points



Longer answer

1 @ 20 points








Definitions: answer with no more than a single sentence 5 of the 6 definitions.

Short Answer: The questions should be answered with several sentences (no more than a short paragraph). You must answer four of the six questions.

Longer Answer: This should be at least 2 paragraphs, and indicate understanding of the procedures and concepts involved.

Note that on both the definitions and short answer you have a choice of which questions to answer.  

Definitions: Define 6 of the following 8 terms with one or two complete sentences.


  Soft money:

  Lossless compression:





Short Answer. Answer 5 of the 6 short answer questions on this and the following pages.

 1.  What is the purpose of a map projection, and why is this a non-trivial task?   Use the projection below to illustrate the challenge.




2.  Why did you join the AGU?  Why do they provide a special rate for students, and how does that fit into their overall mission?

 3.  What is the difference between ONR and NRL, and which more closely resembles NSF?  Why

 4.  What is required to move data from one computer program to another, and why would you want to use more than one program?  Provide concrete examples.

 5.  Why are publications and presentations important in science?

 6.  What would be the difference between a median and a smoothing filter?  What should you consider before using either?

Longer Answer. Answer this question.

You have been tasked to organize the data holdings from YP686 over the past decade.  Discuss how you could accomplish this task, to make the data more accessible for other students doing exercises like we did with the salinity at station 11.  How could we get the computer to assist in tasks like that?  Be specific and consider what you would have to do to organize the data.