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Quantitative Classroom Exercises

Steven Schafersman, Earth Science Consultant
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This page first made public: Jul 11, 2006

Summary

The four exercises give students an opportunity to use their knowledge of graphs, algebra, and maps to solve simple geological problems.

Learning Goals

The goals are to promote reinforcement of algebra, graphing, and mapping skills while engaged in solving traditional earth science problems. The exercises require higher-order thinking skills, such as quantitative analysis and multi-step problem solving.

Context for Use

These exercises can be used as class worksheets or homework. Depending on the ability and understanding of the students, each can take 10-30 minutes. They are suitable for junior or senior high school earth science or college freshman geology.

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