"I'd suggest you've got a nice list of abstractions to start with. Get yourself a nice sheet of butcher's paper and a pen, and start linking them, stick-and-bubble style. Or just any exercise that works for you that takes the concepts that pop into your head and starts ordering them into a logical semblance. Once you've done this, start a process whereby you can attach weightings to various families of changes/effects to allow you to express them in terms of relative importance."
Here is a list of freeware charting programs to organize ideas,research notes, diagrams,flowcharts, even links to related researched sites. You could refer to them as 'mindmap' programs, some are tree structure although several use a wide variety of relational matrix.
Combined with the F1Technical Engineering Student Resources, acsess to any concievable question, where information is available. (Although most questions require information that would only be held by design offices, students would certainly not want F1 team/race team administrators to start 'witch hunts' to find and fire, F1T members.) Students should use of search engines:
What to Search: Google surveys approximately 2% of the information on the web, deep search engines acsess approaches 90% of the rest of internet information content; begin with the deep search engines recommended here:
The first entry of Engineering Student Resources thread even details how to organize and write papers. The ESR thread is a 'sticky' near the top of the 'Off Topic Chat' section of the Forum.
Another source of information to consult, before starting a 'request' thread is to utilize the F1Technical Search Function located at the right top corner of the F1T Home Page.
Gedders2010; I recently submitted a post to another student on the Composite Wishbone thread, 3rd post:
A scathing post undeserved as Swordfish reported visual and cognitive impairment, choosing to believe him, consulting a friend, a neurophycologist to confirm the possibility of such impairments, I supplied site information, although in hindsight, his problem could have been solved in conversation with his University Professor for an extension and University Counselling for asessment of his cognitive impairment and attention to revising his university commitments.
Having offered the above information to all future students inquiries, I no longer accept the validity of such student requests in the future, with the exception of a student asking specific questions, exhibiting a general knowledge of the inquiry, with the inclusion of a bibliography of the sources the student has already consulted:
I will edit the first post of the Engineering Student Resource sighting this Thread for future use of students and forum members who may find reference to it useful.
I agree with SZ when he said:
"I hope the mods reconsider their position on allowing such threads. I'm not the only one less intent on partaking in F1T because of them."
In the future I will post a reference to this thread each time another appears.