Peer Assessment of Group 31
C A T E G O R Y G21 G22 G23 G24 G25 Average
Topic Selection
(0-20)
17 18 20 20 19 18.8
Newspaper and Article Selection
(0-10)
7 9 10 8 10 8.8
Quality of Editorial Comments
(0-10)
8 9 10 8 9.5 8.9
Organic Chemistry Content
(0-10)
9 9 8 10 10 9.2
Selection and Quality of the Links 
(0-20)
19 18 20 18 20 19
Format, Number and Types of Questions
(0-10)
10 10 10 9 10 9.8
Quality of the Questions
(0-10)
10 10 8 10 9 9.4
Overall Impression 
(0-10)
10 9 10 9 10 9.6
TOTAL 93.5

 
 

Evaluation by Group 21
       (1) Topic Selection: 17 Points (0-20)
                        Seems very similar to Dr. Glaser's article on greenhouse effect.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 7 Points (0-10)
                        Questionable source, even with the copyright New York Times, we don't trust the Junkman.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 8 Points (0-10)
                        Little short on the editorial side.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Little bit inorganic, the organic topic wasn't clear.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 19 Points (0-20)
                        Not enough links.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        Good questions, a good mixture of question types.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        Answers are marginal, questions are superb.

        (8) Overall Impression. 10 Points (0-10)
                        I would definitely use it, with some small reservations.
 
 

Evaluation by Group 22

        (1) Topic Selection: 18 Points (0-20)
                        The article includes a broad segment of the audience because most of us drive cars and don't even think about what it is doing to the environment.  There is also a strong relation of this article to chemistry because it mainly talks about nitrous oxide.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The article was published in a very high quality newspaper, The New York Times, and it is clear the author knew what he was talking about.  The article is published within the past year, May 29, 1998, and it is about the right length for a good article.  I didn't find the article exciting, but it was interesting to read.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The editorial comments did place the article in the greater context.  They also helped me get a better understanding of the article.  The editorial is written in good English and a well organized fashion with the paragraphs being the appropriate length.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The key organic issue has been made clear-nitrous oxide from cars is polluting the environment.  A sufficient background was provided to understand the chemistry and important compounds were described and characterized.  The reference section is complete with reference to chapter three.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 18 Points (0-20)
                        The links satisfy the requirements for relevance, quality, and stability.  I learned from these links especially from the diagram provided.  The links are embedded well into the comments and it is clear what the function the link is and why it was chosen.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The problem contains five questions that were very well thought out.  The questions do vary and the last one is a PSP question.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The questions are good because they make you think.  They address central issues about nitrous oxide and they were very understandable.  They could be done in a reasonable amount of time with no problems.

        (8) Overall Impression. 9 Points (0-10)
                        I would consider this problem well written maybe even well enough for Prentice Hall.  The article chosen was kind of boring to read, but one can definitely learn something from it.
 
 

Evaluation by Group 23

        (1) Topic Selection: 20 Points (0-20)
                        The topic is very interesting.  It addresses a major environmental issue today.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The article is from a good newspaper and it is well written, as well as informative.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The comments are useful in providing additional information and they address the issue of the catalytic converter well.  It is well written and also well organized.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 8 Points (0-10)
                        The article could have used more reference to organic chemicals mentioned in the article, but it was not too lacking in this regard.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 20 Points (0-20)
                        The links are very useful.  They provide us with good information about the chemicals talked about in the article.  They are also blended in well with the editorial.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The questions are all present and the last one is a PSP.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 8 Points (0-10)
                        The questions are good but a few of them are the same kind.  There isn't enough variety.

        (8) Overall Impression. 10 Points (0-10)
                        The article is good and the comments/questions were useful.  They could have used more variety in the questions and more background information on the chemicals addressed in the article.
 
 

Evaluation by Group 24

  (1) Topic Selection: 20 Points (0-20)
                        The topic was obviously related to organic chemistry and is of interest (or should be) to everyone, since global warming is a global problem.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 8 Points (0-10)
                        The article was useful and informative, but a little too long and not altogether exciting.  It was an appropriate one, though.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 8 Points (0-10)
                        You could have written more pertaining to the chemistry of the topic as well as how greenhouse gases are affecting us.  Perhaps mentioning other ways greenhouse gases are emitted would have also been helpful.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The organic chemical issue was made clear and enough backgound was provided to understand the chemistry.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 18 Points (0-20)
                        The links were informative and embedded well into the editorial comments, but they were not too varied and therefore did not help to broaden the scope of the topic, except for the one about the new hybrid car--very cool.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 9 Points (0-10)
                        They questions varied fairly well and the last one was a PSP question.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The questions were of good quality and addressed central issues of the topic.  They were understandable and challenging enough.

        (8) Overall Impression. 9 Points (0-10)
                        You did a good job on this project.  We found it interesting, informative and relevant--suitable for publication.

                        I especially enjoyed the integration of chemistry into the environment.
 

Evaluation by Group 25

(1) Topic Selection: X Points
                          (0-20)
                                                    19 points awarded. At first glance
                                                    the article looked as though it was
                                                    going to be dry, however, after
                                                    reading the article a lot of neat
                                                    information is learned.
                          (2) Newspaper and Article
                          Selection: X Points (0-10)
                                                    10 points awarded. New York
                                                    Times = Good source
                          (3) Quality of the Editorial
                          Comments: X Points (0-10)
                                                    9.5 points awarded. The editorial
                                                    comments did an excellent job of
                                                    showing the deeper organic
                                                    chemistry contained in the article.
                          (4) Organic Chemistry Content: X
                          Points (0-10)
                                                    10 points awarded. In association
                                                    with #3 (quality of editorial
                                                    comments) what isn't organic
                                                    about this article?!
                          (5) Selection and Quality of the
                          Links: X Points (0-20)
                                                    20 points awarded. This group
                                                    selected excellent links that
                                                    deepen an individual's
                                                    understanding of article. Every link
                                                    was very selective.
                          (6) Format, Number and Types of
                          Questions: X Points (0-10)
                                                    10 points awarded. The questions
                                                    raised covered all areas required
                                                    by the assignment.
                          (7) Quality of the Questions: X
                          Points (0-10)
                                                    9 points awarded. The questions
                                                    raised were educational and
                                                    thought provoking.
                          (8) Overall Impression. X Points
                          (0-10)
                                                    10 points awarded. This group did
                                                    an excellent job, and one can tell
                                                    that a lot of work was put into the
                                                    assignment. Final Decision =
                                                    Publishible!
                                      Overall Score:
                                                                          97.5/100