Scorpions as Seismologists
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This page first made public: Jul 5, 2007
Designed for an introductory geology course
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- To show how scorpions and seismologists use similar methods to locate wave sources.
- To create graphs relating distance and time (travel-time curves).
- To use the constructed time-travel graphs to locate seismic sources using triangulation.
- To introduce the concepts of forward and inverse problems.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
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Description of the activity/assignment
Has minimal/no quantitative component
Uses geophysics to solve problems in other fields
Determining whether students have met the goals
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- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 336kB Jul5 07)
- Instructors Notes (Microsoft Word 57kB Jul5 07)
- Solution Set (Microsoft Word 809kB Jul5 07)