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Measuring specific gravity to answer questions about subduction. part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Leslie Kanat, Johnson State College
Use a quadruple beam balance to measure the specific gravity of the minerals and rocks that are common in oceanic and continental lithosphere. The results of the calculations are tied to numerous concepts described in previous lectures.

How many sand grains on a beach? part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Alan Whittington, University of Missouri-Columbia
Short exercise designed to give students practice in determining what information is needed to answer a question, estimating an answer, and calculating an answer (including unit conversions and scientific notation). Emphasizes the relevance of large numbers to society (population, debt, etc).

Back-of-the-Envelope Calculations: Earth History Timeline part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Question The Earth is about 4.6 billion years old. Let's try to get a perspective on how long that really is. A roll of good quality toilet paper has 1000 squares. If the roll of toilet paper represents the ...

Back-of-the-Envelope Calculations: Height of the Himalayas part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College

Visualizing the time-dependence of the Earth's magnetic field part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Data, Simulations and Models:Teaching with MATLAB 2015:Teaching Activities
Frederik Simons, Princeton University; Christopher Harig, Princeton University
Visualizing the International Geomagnetic Reference Field. This activity falls under "visualization" of a geophysical field as expressed in spherical harmonics, which has been appreciated by college ...

Vacation! How Long and How Far? -- A Geological Circuit of National Parks in the Colorado Plateau part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners:Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:Geology of National Parks:Examples
Judy A McIlrath University of South Florida, Tampa Created: 2006-11-29 14:21:09 Last Modified: January 05, 2008 18:10
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students estimate travel times and costs of a driving/camping trip to visit national parks in the Colorado Plateau.

How Large is the Great Pyramid of Giza? -- Would it make a wall that would enclose France? part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Len Vacher, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students calculate the volume of the Great Pyramid and, following Napoleon, estimate whether its volume is large enough to make a wall around France.

Chemical Equilibrium -- What Are the Characteristics of Equilibrium Reactions? part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
cheryl coolidge, Colby-Sawyer College
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to compare the time course of a reaction that goes to completion to that of an equilibrium reaction.

Exercise to Calculate River Discharge part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Nicholas Baer, Colby-Sawyer College
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use field data from rivers to understand how river discharge is calculated.

How Sweet Is Your Tea? -- Practical experience with solutions and concentration part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
William Thomas, Colby-Sawyer College
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a spreadshet to calculate grams solute to add to liters solvent to produce solution of desired concentration (mol/L).



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