Are You Smarter Than A Fourth Grader?By CWNP On 05/09/2009 - 6 Comments
Warning: this blog might make you whine...or perhaps weep.
I have twin girls, Abbey and Hannah. They're in the 4th grade, and just the other day they brought home a graded science exam. I was in shock when I looked it over. In so many ways, it was CWNA-level material. I just couldn't believe my eyes... I went through each of the questions, making sure I could answer and explain each of them and found myself explaining some of the same concepts to my 4th graders as I explain in seminars and CWNA classes. Abbey...Abbinator...my OCD rocket scientist child, scored 95. I was thinking of giving this same 4th grade exam as a pre-class assessment to CWNA students. :-)
I asked my wife to obtain a clean copy of this exam, and I have posted it here for your amusement. Nevermind my secret agenda of shaming you into studying harder...
If you snag the latest version of the Double-Dave book (Wiley/Sybex CWNA Study Guide, 2nd edition), you will notice some topical similarities like: reflection and absorption (of a transmitted signal), amplitude (of a sign wave), echos (multipath), frequency/wavelength (of a sign wave), medium density (e.g. air, water, etc.), signal intensity, concave receivers (e.g. dish antennas), and passive gain (e.g. magnifying glass).
I tell everyone that works for me that I have two rules:
Rule #1: No Whining
Rule #2: If you ever feel like whining, refer to Rule #1
If my fourth graders can handle these topics, you have no excuse. ;-)
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