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Earthquake Location part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Larry Braile, Purdue University-Main Campus
Earthquake location is an interesting and significant aspect of seismology. A number of methods that vary from simple to complex are available for learning about earthquake location. The methods also allow ...

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Scorpions as Seismologists part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Laura Wetzel, Eckerd College
Students investigate how seismologists and scorpions use wave travel times to locate sources of movement. The primary strength of this exercise is that it links geophysics and biology to enhance interest for ...

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Earthquake! A Term Paper and Presentation Assignment part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Laura Wetzel, Eckerd College
In this writing and oral presentaion assignment, students are challenged to assess a building site for a fictitious organization, the Society for Earthquake Enthusiasts. Each student must choose a historically ...

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Geophysics of the News part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Laurie Brown, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
The is a project to present. both orally and written, information on the Plate Tectonics setting of a geographic region in the news. Emphasis is on the geophysical studies/results from the region, but plate ...

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Equation Dictionary part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Jacqueline Caplan-Auerbach, Western Washington University
The equation dictionary is an expansion of the traditional notecard that students bring to equation-based tests. It requires them to provide a prose explanation for the processes described by an equation as well as ...

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Finding the Moho part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Stephen Boss, University of Arkansas Main Campus
This lab activity uses the Rapid Earthquake Viewer (on on-line seismogram viewer),spreadsheet software, and students' knowledge of seismic refraction principles to recapitulate Mohorovicic's classic ...

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Concept puzzles about geophysical methods part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Sarah Titus, Carleton College
These exercises can be used in class to insure students have a firm grasp on the concepts behind a variety of geophysical techniques and can take anywhere between 10-45 minutes.

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Izmit Earthquake part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Sarah Titus, Carleton College
This lab allows students to analyze earthquake seismicity from the North Anatolian fault using a variety of methods.

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What is Magnitude? Earthquake Magnitude By Analogy part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Scott White, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Understanding magnitude scales by analogy to distance. Students use distance as a proxy for understanding how the logarithmic earthquake magnitude scale works. Very simple class or lab exercise for introductory ...

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Trans-California Seismic Profile Analysis part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Magali Billen, University of California-Davis
Homework assignment focused on identifying seismic arrivals and determining layer thickness and velocity using real-world data from a published article.

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SeisMac Seismogram Modeling part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Michael Wysession, Washington University in St. Louis
Use the freely-downloaded "SeisMac" program on a Mac laptop to demonstrated the differences between P, S, Rayleigh and Love waves. SeisMac is a free program that instantly turns a Mac laptop into a ...

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Earth Motion Monitor part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Charles Ammon, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
An activity based around the display near real-time seismograms in the classroom.

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Density structure of the earth from mass and moment of inertia part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Donald Forsyth, Brown University
Using mass and moment of inertia as constraints, students construct density models of the whole earth. This activity uses concepts from physics, multi-dimensional calculus, and linear algebra, and also reinforces ...

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Earthquake Epicenter Location Exercise using Google Earth and OneNote part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Jeffrey Nunn, Louisiana State University
Students are provided with data from 4 seismograms which are used to plot the epicenter of an earthquake using OneNote to pick the P-S wave arrival gap and Google Earth to plot the circles which intersect at the ...

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Using Geophysical Field Studies as the Focus for Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in an Introductory Geophysics Course part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Paul Kelso, Lake Superior State University
Using field geophysics projects as the focus of problem based learning activities in an introductory geophysics course provides students with the opportunity to work and think as geophysicists. Students are ...

Resistivity Profile in an Urban Setting part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
William Montgomery, New Jersey City University
Activity in an urban setting that includes an electrical resistivity line and hydrogeological information from nearby monitoring wells that enables students to create a meaningful interpretation of subsurface ...

Interseismic deformation: Crustal deformation between large earthquakes part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Shimon Wdowinski, University of Miami
This assignment is based on real geodetic data measured in central California across the San Andreas Fault. It will get the students acquainted with geodetic observations, basic data analysis methods, and ...

Locating and Measuring Earthquakes Using Real Seismic Data part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Kelly Liu, Missouri University of Science and Technology
The objective is to locate an earthquake and measure its Richter magnitude using real data recorded by seismographs.

Bac-Ho Consulting Project (Near-Surface Geophysics) part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Gregory Baker, University of Tennessee, The
This objective of the lab is to have students think as much about sampling and survey design as the EM and GPR methods. Their goal of will be to design, execute, and report on a survey-using each technique-based on ...

Seafloor Spreading and Magnetic Anomalies part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Donna Jurdy, Northwestern University
Students use seafloor maps of magnetic anomalies to compare and establish the spreading rates in the Atlantic and the Eastern Pacific Oceans.

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