Peer Assessment of Group 7
C A T E G O R Y G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 Average
Topic Selection
17 20 20 20 20 19.4
Newspaper and Article Selection
8 10 9 9 10 9.2
Quality of Editorial Comments
10 8 9 9 10 9.2
Organic Chemistry Content
9 9 10 10 10 9.6
Selection and Quality of the Links 
19 16 20 17 19 18.2
Format, Number and Types of Questions
10 10 10 10 10 10
Quality of the Questions
10 8 10 9 9 9.2
Overall Impression 
9 9 10 9 10 9.6
TOTAL 92 90 98 93 98 94.2


Evaluation by Group 1

(A) Group #1, Evans Group

(B) Group #7, Morning Addition

(C) Responses to Various Evaluation Categories

   (1) Topic Selection: 17 points

This topic was very intersting and appealing to a large audience because
it deals with water contamination.  However, the article itself doesn't
directly deal with the specifics of organic chemistry.  We know it is
atrazine, but the article doesn't really explain what that is.

   (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 8 points

The article was recent, however it was from a source we had never heard
from.  It is likely to be prodiced by an online environmental action
group.  Possibly very biased...

   (3) Quality of the editorial comments: 10 points

We loved the cartoon!  The vague mention of atrazine in the article was
elaborated on in the editorial.  We also liked how they presented both
sides of the argument for and and against using atarazine.

   (4) Organic chemistry content: 9 points

Very well done.  The azatrine degradation mechanism was available as well
as a clear description of how azatrine makes it into the water and is
broken down into urea.

   (5) Selection and quality of the links: 19

Editorial links were from very reputable sources and all worked.  They
were embedded very well into the comments and greatly enhanced the article
content.  Some links may have been biased (ie the WGAlink)

   (6) Format, number and types of questions: 10 points

Questions extremely precise, very directed around core issues, variey of
question types that confrom to project assignment and great PSP.

   (7) Quality of the questions: 10 points
Same as above.  Excellent questions, helped further understanding of the

   (8) Overall impression: 9 points

THis project was fantastic.  The only suggestion is to try and find a more
reputable article with a stronger link to chemistry.  GREAT job!!!


Evaluation by Group 2

(A)  Group 2: Cuba Group
(B)  Group 7: Morning Addition
(C)1)  Topic Selection: 20 Points
          Topic relates very well to O-Chem.  Topic was interesting
because it pertains to interactions with environment and effects on human

  2)  Newspaper and Article Selection: 10 Points
           Author seemed to have good knowledge of the topic.  It was
overall a great article with good length and a good source.  It was very
recent and brings the topic close to home with mentioning KC.

  3)  Quality of the Editorial Comments:  8 Points
            The editorial comments were mostly good overall.  However, the
last 2 paragraphs have choppy English and grammar.

  4)  Organic Chemistry Content: 9 Points
            The chemistry explanation given in the editorial comments was
great, but when we first looked at the article, there was really no direct
correlation with the editorial comments and the main topic of the article,
except for one short sentence.

  5)  Selection and Quality of the Links: 16 Points
            The chemfinder link should have gone straight to the compound
urea.  The American Water Works Association was very vague and general,
and did not really pertain to atrozine content in water.

  6)  Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points
            Good questions that covered all categories.

  7)  Quality of the Questions: 8 Points
            Question 3-What do you mean by "compound" effects?  The rest
of the questions were fine.

  8)  Overall Impression: 9 Points
            This project reflected the amount of work that must have gone
into it.  Despite a few small discrepancies, the project looked good as a
whole.  We liked the cartoon!

TOTAL SCORE:  90 points


Evaluation by Group 3

(A) Group 3:  Rau Group
(B) Group 7:  Morning Addition Group
(1) Topic Selection:  20
Very interesting and relevant for many of us

(2) Newspaper and Article Selection:  9
Great, interesting article, however it was a little long and seemed to be

(3) Quality of the Editorial Comments:  9
Well done and chemistry was incorporated well, but it was a bit lengthy

(4) Organic Chemistry Content:  10
Chemistry done well!!!

(5) Selection and Quality of the Links:  20
They were great and flowed well

(6) Format, Number and Types of Questions:  10
Good PSP

(7) Quality of the Questions:  10
These were clear and to the point, you obviously put much work into this

(8) Overall Impression:  10
Great job!

Total points:  98


Evaluation by Group 4

A. Group 4, The Three Musketeers
B. Group 7, Morning Addition
C. 1.20 Very interesting topic.  Also since it effects the Midwest
everyone should be concerned about atrazine.  As far as being related to
organic chemistry and the chapter of text it is associated with this
article is right on the nose,
2. 9 Only reason there was a slight reduction is that the article was not
published in a newspaper, instead it was published in a E-news source.  It
appears that the author of this article is qualified to write on the topic
although none is specified only ENS, which is the Environmental News
3. 9 The editorial comments were extremely well written and organized.
The only reason of reducing by one point was perhaps there could have been
more comments on how atrazine causes cancer and other detrimental effects,
this was addressed in the questions however.
4. 10 The topic is the degradation of atrazine, a carcinogen, in to a
non-harmful substance CO2.   The links explain more about the degradation
and the important compounds. All the references to the text are relevant
to this topic.
5.17 All of the links provided are very good, but there is no link to the
information to answer question 1 about the effects of atrazine which is a
big oversight.  If there is a question devoted to the effects shouldn't
there be a link?  All the included links satisfy the stability and quality
requirements since they are mostly from organizations or educational
6. 10 Very good 5 question. Covers the different categories of questions,
and the last is a PSP question.
7. 9 The questions are very reasonable and well written.  They all address
the key issues of the article and editorial comments.  However it may take
some time to answer question 1 in a reasonable amount of time sine it
requires some independent searching perhaps on the internet or at the
library in an organic chemical index.
8. 9 This is a VERY well written news item.  The only thing that would
remotely need to be addressed before publication is perhaps what was
stated earlier on the effects of atrazine on the body.

Overall Score 93/100


Evaluation by Group 5

 Topic Selection: 20
   The article is extremely interesting and original.
It pertained to organic chemistry.

 Newspaper and Article Selection:  10
   The article was from an original and viable source.
It was an interesting topic.

 Quality of Editorial Comments:  10

 Organic Chemistry Content: 10

 Selection and Quality of the Links: 19
    There were a few to many links and a couple seemed
to be weak.

 Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10

 Quality of Questions: 9

 Overall Impression: 10

 This is a job well-done!