SO503 Honors Research Methods

Spring 2009 Test 1



Short answer

4 @ 25 points









Answer 4 of the 5 questions.





1.  The figure above shows a data series with two filters applied.  One is a median filter, and the other a mean filter, both with 11 terms.  Identify the three series (original, median filter, and mean filter), state the purpose of a filter, and explain how these two filters vary.  Do you think this series should be filtered?



2.  What was M. Boehme trying to prove in the paper in Geology that we read about snakeheads?


3.  Peer review or refereeing is used from two important purposes in science.  What are they?   Grant and other proposal reviews, and journal papers.


4.  This ad ran last spring.  What are the key things that the oceanography department was looking for in terms of a scientific career?

5.  What would be the first two sections of a scientific paper that you would read to decide its relevance to research you are considering undertaking?  What would you look for in those two sections that made you select them?