Starting with the hard stuff

Starting with the hard stuff

I sure hope you spent time studying those properties of materials, Visitor.  If you didn't,

if you kinda skipped over that part and just found a video that you thought might work,

if you skimmed the actual properties...

well, you might want to go back and do a bit more studying before you tackle this job.

OK, you took good notes, right Visitor?  You'll be all prepared for this job, then.  The Government Inspection Office folks have notified us that all Materials Warehouse personnel will need to pass a series of inspections on their knowledge of the various general materials we carry.  That's metals and alloys; timber; plastics; glass; textiles; and composites, at a minimum.

The first Inspection will be at the end of this month and I've heard it will include Metals and Alloys, Timber and Glass.

Now, you could just jump over to the Mezzanine, pick one of the sites in the Global Resource Library and start reading up on those materials.  But I wouldn't recommend it.  Here's why:  that sort of studying isn't very effective.  You might pass this Inspection, but long term, most folks don't remember much.  Believe it or not, research shows taking notes and then reviewing them is one of the worstleast useful ways you can study!

Instead, I'd recommend that you get together with some of your colleagues before you read about each of those.  Together, come up with a list of properties you suspect that material might have, based on what you know about properties of materials in general.  What questions can you think of about that material? What sub-types do you think this material category will have?

When you think you're ready, jump to the next stage.

Now that you've collected your existing knowledge and made predictions, your brain is primed to learn!  Head over to the Global Resource Library in the Mezzanine of the Building Directory and choose one of the first 3 sites listed (DDT, Trumpolds, or Mr Miller's old site).  Study the materials on Metals and Alloys. Notice which of your predictions were correct and which were off.  What are the sub-types?  Did your questions get answered?

You can take this mini-quiz as a preview of what the actual inspection will be like.  Don't worry, it's not worth any points, XP, credits, grades, etc., no matter how you do.

To consolidate your knowledge about materials, you could choose one of these jobs, or come up with your own and pitch it to Number One.  If he likes the idea, you'll get a go-ahead.

  1. Create a poster on A3 paper, portrait orientation, summarizing and illustrating
    1. the primary properties of metals and alloys,
    2. the main metal varieties (iron, copper, etc), and
    3. the types of alloys
  2. Record a video introducing new employees of Nolat Labs to the main properties of metals and alloys (you could use some from our workshop supplies...), types you can demo from our supplies, and how an alloy is created.

As always when creating materials, be sure to use pictures that are marked Creative Commons or otherwise released for use and credit all your sources.

That is solid work, Visitor.  I suspect you'll be ready for the Government Inspection when it comes.  (I think they'll probably arrive around the end of the month, but don't quote me on that, yet.)

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