Comments on Project 4 Preliminary Talks
Overall, the class had some really good comments on the
Comments, made in no particular order and no author attribution
- Some comment should probably be made about the assumption of
the catching radius and why it was made.
- Try to clearly state what the strategies for the VR and TS are
in each case that you consider.
- You can probably state ``facts that were given to us''
separately from ``assumptions,'' because you're not having to
make any additional assumptions for the facts.
- Do you want to do anything more with terrain than assume that
it's not an issue? (My bet: probably not.) It would, however,
be easy in a closing ``conclusions'' or ``discussion'' section
of a paper to comment on the realism of this assumption and the
possible ramifications of it being incorrect, thereby instilling
a sense of thoughtfulness to your presentation.
- How important is any assumption about acceleration?
- Can you give any justification for choosing the reaction time
of 0.05 sec?
- ``It's'' means ``it is,'' while ``its'' is the possessive form
- You should be sure to explain why the critical evasive/turn
distance for the thescelosaurus is 2.21 or 1.83 m.
- Is there a specific angle at which the thescelosaurus always
turns? Why is this angle chosen?
- If you assume that the ``catch radius'' is 0 m, can you
say anything about how your results would change if it weren't
0? (You might be able to add a sentence or two, thus addressing
the issue effectively while not adding too much to the burden
of calculating everything.)
- Is it possible to quantify in some way how error in judgement
might change your results? If not, why not?
- You might want to mention how reaction time influences the
different aspects of the model (in particular, is it built into
the turn/response model? if so, for which dinosaur(s)?).
- Did anyone else think, when the phrase ``the velocoraptor is
done after 15 seconds'' was said, of someone watching it
cook in a microwave? Just a thought.
Comments on P4 Prelim Talks
Last Modified: Thu Nov 4 10:54:32 CST 1999