Transportation Critical Thought Questions

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Transportation Critical Thought Questions

Mr. Barber

1. List, in chronological order, the 4 environments of Transportation in the order in which they were discovered.

2. List the basic sub-systems that are common to just about every vehicle ever produced and describe the purpose behind each of these systems. What purposes do they serve?

3. Compare and contrast an automobile of today, with that of one from 70 to 100 years ago. What similarities exist between the two? Have the core functions of the vehicle been improved? How so? Be sure to describe the two vehicles you are comparing. What make, model, etc. are you analyzing?

4. What are the 3 primary types of propulsion systems found in modern automobiles today? For each type; list 2 positive and 2 negative aspects of using that type of propulsion system. Be sure to support your answer with factual information / data. Cite where you received your information.

5. America is a driving nation. We own more automobiles than any other country in the world. In your opinion, how has the development and introduction of the automobile into American society had an impact on:

A. Our country`s economy

B. Our planet & the environment in which we live

Classify these impacts as

A. Positive or Negative

B. Expected or Unexpected.

Be sure to cite specific examples and factual evidence to support your opinion.

6. It has been said that “America has always had a love affair with the automobile.”
Summarize what is meant by this statement. In your summary, be sure to include whether you agree or disagree with this statement and provide evidence to support your position.

7. How has the automobile affected American Society? Describe the effect the car has had on our people. Be sure to include evidence which demonstrates both positive and negative effects. Has the introduction of the automobile been more helpful or harmful? Argue your position on this matter and state facts to support your argument.

8. Based on current trends in automobile design and construction, predict how the automobile will change in the next 50 years? How will emerging technologies help to shape and change the design of a car? What will be the most important features found on cars in the near future?

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