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This page first made public: May 7, 2008
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Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Relationship between temperature and density
Relationship between salinity and density
How the activity is situated in the course
This is an in class activity that takes approximately 10 minutes.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
When temperature decreases, density increases
When salinity increases, density increases
Density differences drive vertical movement of water
How to read a TS plot
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
The key to this activity is that they are able to read and interpret the graph.
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
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- Activity Description/Assignment (Acrobat (PDF) 170kB May7 08)