The Floating Lithosphere - Isostasy
- Gain conceptual understanding by exploring the analogy of ice floating in water.
- Numerically determine the difference in floating levels between oceanic and continental crust.
- Analytically derive this difference in floating levels.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
This module is one of several developed by Dr. Vacher. The module presentation can be found at www.powershow.com
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.
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.