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Classroom, Lab and Field Exercises in Geophysics

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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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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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Geophysics in the community part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Jacqueline Caplan-Auerbach, Western Washington University
In this activity students develop independent or small group research projects in collaboration with local community organizations, or with the goal of investigating a topic relevant to the greater community. This ...

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 ...

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.

Sequenced writing assignment part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Steven Jaume, College of Charleston
An iterative term paper where students include new geophysical data in each new version. This allows the instructor to work closely with the student and point out how different geophysical datasets constrain ...

Gravity and Magnetic Consulting Project part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Lawrence L. Malinconico, Lafayette College
This project involves the design, implementation, data collection, analysis and report writing for gravity and magnetic survey conducted over a two month period during the course.

Using physical observations to guess the interior of a globe part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Devin Castendyk, SUNY College at Oneonta
This activity introduces students to the need for geophysics and the application of several geophysical methods commonly employed. Students are given a hollow globe that contains various objects and asked to infer ...

Magnetometer Survey part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Michael Harris, James Madison University
This activity collects two sets of magnetic data, using two different types of magnetometers, one which collects individual data points, and one that collects continuous readings. Both methods have pros and cons, ...

Digital Analysis of Geophysical Signals and Waves/Digital Recording part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
George Jiracek, San Diego State University
Sampling (digitizing) of geophysical data is explained using animations by multiplications in the time or space domains by Dirac combs and boxcar functions. Pitfalls in this process can render digital data totally ...

Digital Analysis of Geophysical Signals and Waves (DAGSAW)/Filtering part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
George Jiracek, San Diego State University
Filtering is one of the most important steps in geophysical data recording and processing since it is present in all geophysical analysis. Filtering is explained in the Digital Analysis of Geophysical Signals and ...

Atlantic City Mapping Project part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Peter Knoop, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
The Atlantic City project combines magnetic and gravimetric surveys with standard geological field mapping techniques. Lack of outcrops and Banded Iron Formations (BIFs) are a key features of the mapping area, and ...

Testing the Fixed-hotspot-moving-plate model part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Sara Harris, University of British Columbia
Students examine hot spot tracks, magnetic inclination data, and coral data from the Hawaii-Emperor Seamount Chain to test the hypothesis that hotspots are fixed. Most students have learned somewhere that hotspots ...

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Magnetic Survey Lab part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Rob Sternberg, Franklin and Marshall College
To do a "magnetic survey" in the lab to understand the nature of magnetic anomalies, and to plot the data using profiles and contour maps.

New Views of an Old Continent: A Tectonics Lab Exercise Using Geophysical Maps of Australia part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
David Greene, Denison University
In this lab activity students are given five different map views of the continent of Australia: Geology, Gravity Anomaly, Magnetic Anomaly, Digital Elevation, and Satellite Image, and asked to investigate and ...