Fall 2014 Final Exam Questions

The following questions form the basis of the first semester final exam. I will choose between 4 and 5 questions. You can choose a similar number. We will have a 10 – 15 minute conversation about these for your final.


  1. What is filial piety?
  2. What role does duty play in Confucian belief?
  3. Is Confucianism a religion or a philosophy? Why or why not?
  4. What is the Tao? How is it significant?
  5. What is the yin and the yang? How are they significant?
  6. What is karma according to Hindus?
  7. What is Atman?
  8. What role does reincarnation play in the Hindu belief system?
  9. Describe a Hindu God and its significance.
  10. What is Anatman?
  11. What role does reincarnation play in Buddhist belief?
  12. What is the middle path?


  1. What is voltage?
  2. What is current?
  3. What is resistance?
  4. What is Ohm’s law?
  5. What is electricity?
  6. How is electricity generated?
  7. What is a transformer?
  8. What is the difference between a series and a parallel circuit?
  9. What is a capacitor?
  10. What is a diode and how does it relate to an LED?
  11. What is a transistor and how is it significant?
  1. What is Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation? Why is it significant?
  2. What is gravity?
  3. What are Newton’s three laws of motion? Give an example of each one.
  4. What is the difference between position, velocity and acceleration and how are they related?
  5. What is the difference between G and g?
  6. What is the problem with Newton’s description of gravity?


  1. What is the sine, cosine and tangent ratios?
  2. What is dimensional analysis and how is it helpful?
  3. What is one science concept you learned from an approved YouTube channel?
  4. What did you learn from the lab you performed in class?
  5. How is the Philae comet lander significant?
  6. What is the technological singularity?
  7. Who was Michael Faraday and why is his work significant?

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