Natural & Applied Sciences
Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects
Introduction to Google Earth part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This assignment is designed as an introductory Google Earth tutorial on navigation; layers and featured content; and the creation and modification of Placemarks, Paths, and Polygons. The assignment is intended as a stepping stone to more advanced geologic projects that require use of Google Earth. Future geologic projects are without limit - description of geologic features of interest, simple spatial analysis of data (e.g. water quality at the campus pond), student-created content in a virtual field trip, etc.
The Silicate Structures: Chalkboard Demonstration part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This assignment is designed to introduce the silicate structures, and their significance to mineral properties, to undergraduate non-science majors in an introductory physical geology course. Magnetic representations of Si tetrahedra and cations are manipulated on a chalkboard as students explore the relationships between structure, bond strength, cleavage, Si:O ratio, and mineral formulae, etc. This activity is a tactile, collaborative, classroom demonstration that, when used in conjunction with a standard lecture introduction to the silicates, provides a reinforced lesson for students with varied learning styles and limited knowledge and/or comfort in the realm of science.
NASC130 - Principles of Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Introduces the basic principles of geology. Topics covered include the origin of Earth; the classification and origin of the minerals and rocks composing Earth; discussion of geologic features and processes such as volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, and the sculpture of Earth's surface by erosion and deposition; and the concept of geologic time.