Wendy Van Norden


harvard-westlake school

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects

Activities (3)

Stream Characteristics Lab part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
In this lab students look at rivers using Google Earth, estimate the sinuosity of the river and predict the relationship between the sinuosity and the river's gradient. Students then use a spreadsheet to calculate siniuosity and gradient and graph the results. They use the graph to predict the sinuosity of another river, and make measurements that allow them to test their hypothesis.

Weathering of Minerals part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Students determine the % change in mass of mineral samples that have been placed in a rock tumbler. They graph the relationship between the hardness of the mineral and the % change in mass. They then consider why some of the mineral samples do not conform the the relationship they graphed. They investigate the physical properties of the outliers and consider how the physical properties contributed to the rate of weathering, and what kind of weathering occurred in the rock tumbler.

High School Geology field trip from Los Angeles to Death Valley part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
The purpose is to introduce an introductory physical geology class to a wide variety of geologic features.


Honors Geology part of Quantitative Skills:Courses
Survey course in physical geology with labs and field trips

Events and Communities

Infusing Quantitative Literacy into Introductory Geoscience Courses Workshop Participants

Teaching Geoscience in the Field in the 21st Century Participants