Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Group Reflection - Day 1

Our key learning points from the Plenary session by Prof Kerry Sieh is that we learned how a tsunami is formed and how it is possible to find out when tsunamis happen in the pass through different ways. E.g: Layers of sand in the ground (for each layer, there is one tsunami and how another layer represents a pause between two tsunamis) , carbon dating (by checking the bat droppings and the pause) and through formation of the shape of the coral(where if the upper part of it is dried, means the water level has dropped due to a tsunami.) We also learned that GPS can be used to predict possible earthquakes by using patterns.
Our key learning points from the IT for Animation by Prof Seah Hock Soon was
The different types of animation E.g: Stop motion, computer graphics. We also learnt about the difference between 2d and 3d animation. For 2d animation, is usually done by hand where but can be coloured by computers and it can appear to look like 3d. There are also formula’s (like diffuse lighting, for shadows, and specular lightning, for highlights)3d animation is done through modeling and Maths is used in it to calculate the angle of the lighting and geometrical shape. It is also possible to convert 2d to 3d. The drawing would go through a computer to make it appear 3d and by adding colours.

Our key learning points from the presentation of Prof Ma Jan about innovative breakthroughs in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology is that learned that Nano – Technology is used as it has a larger surface area even compared to an object that has a same volume. It is believe to modify materials properties e.g make it stronger or become invisible(by bending light beside the object). It can also be used to detect cancer cells. Nano Technology can also cause someone to be undetectable by infra red.

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