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M&M Model for Radioactive Decay part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
A tasty in-class demonstration of radioactive decay using two colors of M&M's. Illustrates the quantitative concepts of probability and exponential decay. This activity is appropriate for small classes (<40 students).

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

Understanding money: Where is most of my money? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This activity uses an Interactive Lecture Demonstration to help students understand the definition of money in a modern economy. Starting with the common misconception that money is coins and currency, the ...

Subject: Economics:Macro

Which U.S. President generated the highest budget deficits? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Students compare budget deficits and surpluses generated between 1969 and 2008 measured in nominal terms and then as a percentage of GDP.

Subject: Economics:Macro policy

Dance of the tides part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Geoffrey Collins, Wheaton College, Norton MA Author Profile Summary empty Learning Goals Usually it's easy for students to visualize why there is a high tide on the side of the Earth facing ...

Contructing a projectile launcher and free falling target part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This activity describes the construction and use of a pneumatic cannon and free falling target used to teach the concepts of projectile motion in introductory physics.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Gravity, Physics:Electricity & Magnetism:DC Circuits, Physics:General Physics:Equipment, Physics:Education Practices:Instructional Material Design, Technology, Physics:Classical Mechanics:Motion in Two Dimensions, Projectile Motion, Physics:Education Foundations:Teacher Content Knowledge, Physics:Education Practices:Active Learning

An electrostatics puzzler part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
An interactive lecture demonstration intended to help students use physics reasoning to predict the outcome of a puzzling electrostatics demonstration.

Subject: Physics, :Electricity & Magnetism, Electricity & Magnetism:Electrostatics, Physics:Education Foundations:Alternative Conceptions, Physics:Education Practices:Active Learning

A simple motor/generator demonstration for use in interactive lecture part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This activity describes a simple clear demonstration of electric generators (Faraday's Law) and electric motors (Lorentz Force). This demonstration can be used as an interactive lecture demonstration.

Subject: Physics:Electricity & Magnetism:Magnetic Fields and Forces, Electromagnetic Induction, Physics:Electricity & Magnetism

Price elasticity of demand survey part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Students survey class members to estimate the price elasticity of demand for a number of goods and services.

Subject: Economics:Micro

Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
An ILD to help demonstrate the Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns using an experiment.

Subject: Economics

Total Revenue and Price Elasticity of Demand: ILD part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This ILD helps students to understand the relationship between total revenue and price elasticity of demand.

Subject: Economics