Basil Tikoff


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Workshop Participant, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Activities (2)

PHYSICAL EXPERIMENT ON ELASTIC AND NEWTONIAN RHEOLOGY part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Activities
Simple physical models with rubber sheet (elastic rheology) and clear silicon putty (silicon "goo"; linear viscous rheology) help students conceptualize and describe quantitatively strain and stress in ...

Calculating the radius of the Earth part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
Science students often have difficulty thinking about large spatial scales. The purpose of the exercise is to redo Eratosthenes' calculation of the radius of the Earth using data from to sites in ancient Egypt. The excercise teaches about the methodology of science - how Eratothenes figured it out - rather than worried about what the "right" answer is. It can also be used to discuss the role of models in geological thinking.

Essay (1)

What should all citizens know about geoscience? part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
What should all citizens know about geoscience? Basil Tikoff, Geoscience, Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison The problem I'll just put it out there: The way we teach science at the introductory level is ...

Conference Presentation (1)

Teaching Spatial Thinking in Mineralogy, Structural Geology, and Sedimentology & Stratigraphy: Tools and Strategies from Cognitive Science Research part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Spatial visualization is an essential skill in the STEM disciplines, including the geological sciences. Undergraduate students, including geoscience majors in upper-level courses, bring a wide range of spatial ...


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