Month: January 2013 (page 2 of 3)

IBDP: Oceans and their Coastal Margins

Why do Oceans matter?

The Coriolis effect:

Knowing this, does the coriolis force affect the direction of spiraling water in a toilet?

Modeling Ocean Currents and their effects of sea surface temperatures (SST):

Floatsametrics. Please have a listen if you have a chance.

Ocean morphology:

  • —This is mainly review from the Hazards unit on plate tectonics.
  • —On a poster paper, draw labeled diagrams including all of the following: Transform fault, Spreading ridge, seamount, Abyssal plain, Continental rise, island arc, continental shelf, magma, rift valley, transform fault, guyot, deep sea trench, subduction zone, continental slope.

IGCSE Energy Resources

1: Today we will discuss  the significance of fuelwood in LEDCs and of non-renewable fossil fuels in terms of their availability in certain areas and in terms of the contribution made by coal, oil, natural gas and wood in supplying vast amounts of energy

Energy meter


Have a look at this excellent website on energy resources. Use it and the presentation below to complete the homework handout.

Unincorporated companies to Corporations

1) Read the discussion on types of business

2) Write the pros and cons of each business type and draw a diagram showing how they are structured

3) Draw a comic strip, showing the growth of a business from a sole proprietor to partnership to corporation

People vs Profit

1. What is your opinion of these companies? If you had to describe each one as a person, what kind of person would it be?

2. Read this description of Corporate Social Responsibility. In groups, you will each create one slide for this ppt (9D, 9B) describing one of the key aspects of CSR, and giving one example.

Industrial Systems

Today we will continue working on Industrial systems, focusing on the various stages of production (input, process, output, feedback) and the factors leading to the siting of various industries.

You will have a unit test on Industrial Systems on Thursday, January 17th. Here is the study guide. 


IB: The spread of disease

Explain how the geographic concepts of diffusion by relocation and by expansion apply to the spread of

diseases. Examine the application of the concept of barriers in attempts to limit the spread of diseases.

Describe the factors that have enabled reduction in incidence of a disease.

Project: HIV/AIDS and Malaria


Empty Handed from Population Action International on Vimeo.


Getting Medical attention for Malaria in Zambia


Is it hot in here?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has released today that 2012 was warmest year ever for US, second most ‘extreme’, regardless of the La Nina cooling effect. The drought continues.

Meanwhile, heat waves in Australia have killed many and forced the country’s bureau of meteorology to add a new color to the their weather maps.


InS 10- Alternative Energy Sources, Introduction

We have discussed issues of sustainable development, focusing on the idea that we have unlimited wants and limited supply of goods. The next logical discussion is what alternate energy sources exist and how viable they are as a means of gathering energy.

How you are going to do it?

  • You and a partner are to research the energy source/renewable resource and find relevant data, photographs, flowcharts, and other important information that you can gather about the source.
  • You are to use a mixture of dialogue, visual representations, and written word to show your understanding of the topic.
  • You must demonstrate that you understand the science behind the topic.

Part 1: Pick a renewable resource

You are to create a booklet/pamphlet discussing your alternative energy sources.
The following research questions must be integrated into the flipbook. You must included visuals, charts, data, that explains your answers.

Topic 1:
·      What can this type of energy be used for?
·      How is this type of energy/resource easily renewed?
·      What is the cost of using this energy/resource?
Topic 2:
·      What are the positive aspects of using this type of energy?
Topic 3:
·      What are the negative aspects of using this type/type of energy?
Topic 4:
·      What is the science behind this resource/type of energy?
·      How is the energy gathered and/or created?
·      How is the energy stored for later use?
·      What are the waste by-products of this form of resource/energy?
·      Currently, what is keeping this form of energy from widespread use?

Topic 5: Is this a feasible energy source for Japan? Is is being used anywhere in Japan?

Part 1: Assessed on Criteria A (Knowledge and Understanding)
Part 2: Assessed on Criteria D (Communicating)

IB: The Geography of Disease: Affluence and Poverty


World Age Standardized Death Rates Source: WHO

World Age Standardized Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) source: WHO

Age standardization is a method of weighing different parts of the population differently in order to compare two countries with different population pyramids. (demographic profile)

Exercise 1: Rank all of the following diseases on the five stages of the Demographic transition Model. Call your graph the Epidemiological Transition Model

Kwashiorkor, Marasmus, Deficiency Diseases, Contagious/Infectious Diseases, Degenerative Diseases. Pneumonia, Dysentery, Diarrhea, Respiratory Diseases, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Measles, Cancer, Stroke, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Alcoholism, Depression, Suicide, Parasitic Diseases

Can you classify the diseases in each stages?

Top 10 Causes of Death by broad income groups (2008) Source: WHO

IB Style Question: 

Explain the social, political, economic, demographic, technological and environmental (i.e. geographic) factors that determine the distribution of diseases of:

a) Poverty (6 marks)

b) Affluence (6 marks)

InS 9 Leaders PSA

You will create a 60 second video identifying the five characteristics that the future leader of your country should have and why, as well as three issues that you feel are the most important facing your country at the moment.

As you describe the characteristics, you must support your decision on three of those by  naming three different real-world leaders, dead or alive, who you feel have or had that characteristic. ie. Our next leader should be forceful and take action like Teddy Roosevelt when he…

Your PSA should include a hook, or first line to grab your audience’s attention, followed by the explanations of your 5 characteristics and three issues. Ending with a closing statement emphasizing your message and/or provoking further thought.

TSC: Criterion A and D

Due date: TBA

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