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Membranes and Cell Structure part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
A one page assignment that uses online tutorials to give students a first exposure to the components of a cell and membrane.

Subject: Biology

Why is Chlorophyll Green? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This is an out of class exercise that allows students to explore biological molecules that contain heme like molecules with metals bound in them. The properties of these molecules give them different colors and functions, but all are related evolutionarily.

Subject: Biology

Obesity Epidemic part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
A one page activity that takes students to several websites related to the obesity epidemic. First they can calculate BMI, then learn about national trends in the rate of obesity and finally use a tutorial on insulin and diabetes.

Subject: Health Sciences

The US economy during your lifetime part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Students predict the best graphical representation of US real GDP/capita during the last twenty years, choosing from graphs showing: cyclical decline, cyclical change with no net change, cyclical increase, or erratic wide fluctuations. Using actual US data, students graph real GDP/capita to find out the actual pattern: a rising series with periodic dips, not a flat series, a falling series, or a highly erratic series as students often predict. Students then reflect on why this pattern is often misunderstood and why it may not fully describe the well-being of the US population.

Subject: Economics:Macro

Convection Demonstration part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Summary This demonstration uses ** How to set up the demonstration How to do the demonstration Ideas for discussing the convection demonstration in class References and resources

Subject: Education

Thermal Conductivity Demonstrations part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Summary Here are three ideas for demonstrating thermal conductivity to your students. I. Heat flow down a metal rod (or rods) is timed by seeing wax melt at different locations along the rod. II. A rod made of ...

Buoyancy and Archimedes Principle part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Summary Buoyancy is based on Archimedes' Principle which states that the buoyant force acting upward on an object completely or partially immersed in a fluid equals the weight of the fluid displaced by the ...

Image Maps part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples

The Elliptic Orbit part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Planet motion around a star - introductory activity with interesting animation. The activity allows the student to revile the connection between the kinematics of planet and energy of the planet along the orbit.

Electromagnetic Induction Demonstration part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
This simple demonstration shows the interaction between electricity and magnetism. Two coils of wire are held close to each other, but not touching. One is attached to a music source, such as a small radio or iPod, and the other is attached to an external speaker. Students can hear the music through the speaker even though there is no direct connection.

Subject: Physics:Electricity & Magnetism:Inductance