Quantifying Groundwater Baseflow and Improving Math Skills through a Stream-Discharge Exercise
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This page first made public: Jun 27, 2005
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Better understand the relationship between groundwater baseflow and stream discharge.
- Strengthen and develop mathematical skills by computing stream discharge using hand calculations and spreadsheet analysis.
- Make both #1 and #2 more meaningful by having students collect their own field data.
- Be able to determine groundwater baseflow and tributary inputs along a river.
- Learn to perform error analysis on replicate measurements.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
- Accuracy and quality of the lab reports that correspond to these exercises.
Ability of individual students to answer questions on lecture exam related to:
- a) Performing stream discharge measurements and computations.
- b) Determining groundwater baseflow from a series of stream discharge data points.
- Ease with which students can create more complex spreadsheets in subsequent lab exercises.
- Ability of students to apply error analysis to future lab exercises involving replicate measurements and to interpret the meaning of the analysis.
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 219kB Jun27 05)
- Instructors Notes (Microsoft Word 907kB Jun27 05)
- Solution Set (Microsoft Word 674kB Jun23 05)