Alan Whittington

Geological Sciences

University of Missouri-Columbia

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects


How many sand grains on a beach? part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Short (15 minute) exercise for use in small or large classes. Could also be used in a laboratory. Three parts: students are asked to think about how they would calculate the number of sand grains on a beach, specifically what information is needed. Example data is supplied to allow a first order answer to the question. The resulting large number is put in the context of other large numbers that should be relevant to non-scientists.

Courses (2)

Principles of Geology part of Quantitative Skills:Courses
Introductory Physical Geology with lab. Three 1-hour lectures per week plus one 2-hour lab per week (taught by TA's).

Natural Hazards and Catastrophes part of Quantitative Skills:Courses
1 credit hour course for non-scientists, with no pre-requisites. Aims to improve quantitative and scientific literacy through applying simple skills to topics including global climate change, earthquakes, volcanoes and asteroid impacts.

Events and Communities

Infusing Quantitative Literacy into Introductory Geoscience Courses Workshop Participants: Presenter

Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry Workshop Participants 2011

2014 Teaching with Video Virtual Workshop Participants