Peer Assessment of Group 18
C A T E G O R Y G11 G12 G13 G14 G15 Average
Topic Selection
20 20 20 20 20 20
Newspaper and Article Selection
10 10 9 9 10 9.6
Quality of Editorial Comments
10 8 10 10 9 9.4
Organic Chemistry Content
9 9 9 10 10 9.4
Selection and Quality of the Links 
19 20 19 20 20 19.6
Format, Number and Types of Questions
8 10 10 10 9 9.4
Quality of the Questions
9 10 9 10 8 9.2
Overall Impression 
10 10 9 10 9 9.6
TOTAL 96.2


Evaluation by Group 11
1.) 20 - This article does pertain to a broad segment of the audience
because it deals with a major concern on how plastics affect our
health.  These chemicals mentioned within the article about plastics
are a strong topic in chemistry because their chemical makeup affects
our health and we use them everyday.
 2.) 10 - The article was indeed published in a high quality magazine,
Time, and published in March of 99 (within the last year).  It kept the
reader's interest due to the reasonable length and interesting topic.
 3.) 10 - The editorial comments were extremely helpful in placing the
article in greater context.  These comments explained the harmful
chemicals within plastics.  Yes, these comments were quite clear,
especially in explaining how phthalates can cause harm to the human
body.  The editorial was well organized, and properly written.
 4.) 9 - The key organic chemical issue was made clear by both the
article and comments.  Plastics are made up of many chemicals, some
which can be harmful due to their chemical makeup.  There were several
links that were useful in showing these chemical structures.
 5.) 19 - The links do satisfy the requirements for relevance, quality,
and stability.  The links on the structure of certain chemicals were
helpful in understanding why the chemicals cause harm to our bodies.
However, there could have been a link on the chemical makeup of
adiphates, another harmful chemical in many plastics.
 6.) 8- There were 5 questions, but they could have been more varied.
There were two PSP questions, however they were very thought
stimulating and well written.
 7.) 9 - As stated above, the questions were well thought of and
concise, especially the two PSP questions.  They were all very
understandable and clear to the reader.
 8.) 10- This article is definitely recommended for the publication by
Prentice Hall.  It was a very interesting article and dealt with

Evaluation by Group 12
(1) Topic Selection: 20 Points (0-20)
                        The topic is of a definate interest to a broad
segment of
audience because everyone comes into contact with plastic
everyday.  Who knew?    There is also a strong relation to organic.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 10 Points (0-10)
                        This article was published in a magazine but one
we deemed to be of a high quality.  The author knew what he was talking
about. We did not doubt his qualifications.  Was a timely article as well.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 8 Points (0-10)
                        The editorial comments did help to reaffirm the
article as one
which related strongly to organic chemistry.  The comments
did help to crystallize the key issues however we were a bit skeptical
about from where they delivered some of there statistics.  The really
needed to make them more authoritative by giving a source
the second paragraph).  We really enjoyed the opening
paragraph, a good lead.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 9 Points (0-10)
                        We think that the key idea could have been stated
more clearly.
The rest was excellent.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 20 Points (0-20)
                        Excellent links.  All of the links were relevent
and provided sufficent
information.  The links enhanced the information provided
in the editorial comments.  The function of each link was

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        Fits mentioned categories above.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The questions are of a top-notch quality.  The
last question is PSP.

        (8) Overall Impression. 10 Points (0-10)
                        We would consider the problem set fit for
This news item definately enhanced classroom education.  We found it to be
well written, informative and thought provoking.  An overall great job.

Evaluation by Group 13

(1) Topic Selection: 20 Points (0-20)
                        We belived the topic was interseting and felt it should concer a wide variety of people.  There was also a lot of chemistry involved in the project.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Time which is a highly regaured paper, author tends to be qualified, and was published in the last year. Was not too long, but lost some excitement.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 10 Points (0-10)
                        Covered each area in this topic and we were very impressed, because we felt this was one of the most difficult parts of the project.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The chemical issue was made clear.  Some more basic backgroud could have been provided to help better understand the complex issues.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 19 Points (0-20)
                        This again was an important and difficult tasks, which was done very well.  The links were embeded well, quality and stability was good.  We are taking one point off because we felt one of the links may have been irrelavent and did not add to the overall quality of the project.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        All bases were again covered and we did not see in flaws in this category.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Questions were understandable and were workable.  delt mainly with key issues.  We felt there could have been one more workable problem on the subject.

        (8) Overall Impression. 9 Points (0-10)
                        We thought that the overall project was very good and we were very impressed.  We felt that it could go into publication, we were only concerned if the material covered was not in the chapters covered in 210.

                        Job well done.

Evaluation by Group 14

 (1) Topic Selection: 20 Points (0-20)
                        Needless to say...

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Time magazine, Time style, Time science.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 10 Points (0-10)
                        Very good.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 10 Points (0-10)

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 20 Points (0-20)
                        Large, varied, and to the point.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 10 Points (0-10)

        (8) Overall Impression. 10 Points (0-10)


Evaluation by Group 15

 (1) Topic Selection: 20 Points (0-20)
                        Interesting topic that effects everyone. Strong relation to organic chemistry.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 10 Points (0-10)
                        Interesting and well-written article.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Well-organized. Summarized the article more than expanded on it. Would have been nice to address if research has been done on animals and what has it shown?

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 10 Points (0-10)
                        Well done! Took a complicated subject and made it understandable. Described the important compounds.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 20 Points (0-20)
                        Great links that clarified a lot of the organic chemistry. Links showed both sides of the issue.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Only one PSP question would have been better and would have given more variety.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 8 Points (0-10)
                        Questions could relate better to carboxylic acids. Also, the questions did not go as in-depth as the comments did.

        (8) Overall Impression. 9 Points (0-10)
                        Well done overall. Questions could be better.

                        Difficult subject that was covered well, overall.