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.
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.