The Earth's Shells - Thicknesses and Densities
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- Gain knowledge of the weighted average and how each part of the Earth contributes to the total average density.
- Gain an understanding of the integral operation as a way of summing a large number of individual contributions.
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Teaching Notes and Tips
These modules were developed as essentially self-paced, take-home lab assignments. Students are supposed to work through the modules, slide by slide, building their own worksheets as they go along, taking note of instructions and prompts, hints, and queries.
Students must have access to computers equipped with a spreadsheet program such as Excel.
This module is one of several developed by Dr. Vacher. The module presentation can be found at http://www.evergreen.edu/washcenter/modules/moduleList.asp
The Powerpoint file is considered to be the student version. There is also an instructor's version that has active spreadsheets in it. There are instructions for requesting this version on the website.
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Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity
Special Interest: Quantitative
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Quantitative Skills: Graphs, Differential Equations and Integrals, Algebra, Units and Unit Conversions, Geometry and Trigonometry
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Plate Tectonics, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Geophysics
Topics: Solid Earth