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Simple Population Space Usage part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Bill Bauldry
Students find current values for world and US populations, the area of Texas, and the size of the average house in the USA. Students then look at ratios to assess land usage.

Water conservation part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Holly Partridge
Small amounts of water in one home dripping from a faucet can add up to huge monetary and resource losses

Arctic Sea Ice Extent part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Bill Bauldry
Student teams investigate Arctic Sea Ice by analyzing actual data and making predictions. A worthwhile extension is to predict the first year that the Arctic Ocean will be ice free.

Should I Unplug? part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Lori Carmack
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The True Cost of Eggs: Commercial vs. Local part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Caira Bongers

One day it is too hot and other days it is too cold. Do we need to replace the HVAC system? part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Monika Kiss
This project will allow students to create a mathematical model to help in making decision about replacing HVAC units on a large scale.

The Costs of Your Commute: Your Money, Your Time, and the Earth part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Charlie Buehrle
This activity has students investigate their own cost, CO2 output, and time for commuting. They then compare their commute to an environmentally conscious alternative by using comparable metrics.

Genetic and Empirical Approaches to Classifying Climates part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Charles Dodd, Shoreline Community College
Students (in groups of 3-4) are given a hypothetical planet and create a genetically based climate regionalization. Students then interpret empirical data of various climate phenomena (precipitation, temperature, evapo-transpiration) from different locations on the planet, and apply these to the Koppen system of climate classification.

Prospecting for Gold part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
James Myers, University of Wyoming
Gold prospecting exercise.

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.



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