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Using Melting Ice to Teach Radiometric Dating part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Use melting ice to teach students about radioactive decay. With a ring stand, set a funnel of ice over a graduated cylinder and students can construct a decay curve by plotting meltwater volume ...

Building Quantitative Skills in Geoscience Courses Using Homework Assignments of Increasing Difficulty part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Abstract - Diversity in mathematical preparation is common in quantitative geoscience courses, such as geophysics and hydrology. One way to handle this diversity is to design a sequence of homework ...

Using Logic Problems in Introductory-Level Geoscience Courses to Develop Critical Reasoning and Basic Quantitative Skills part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Abstract - Problems that involve quantitative skills require students to reason logically. Strong logical reasoning and problem-solving skills are necessary for students in proceeding with the ...

A Quantitative Approach to Introductory Geology Courses part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Abstract - Introductory geology courses taught from a question-based approach that effectively incorporates problem solving demonstrate to students that science is more than a collection of facts. By ...

Self-Contained Problem Sets as a Means of Incorporating Quantitative-Skill Development in Existing Introductory Geoscience Courses part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Abstract - We have modified our introductory geoscience course by adding self-contained problem sets dealing with isostatic rebound, flood recurrence intervals, and geochronology. Students had access ...

A Framework for Integrating Quantitative Geologic Problem Solving into Courses Across the Undergraduate Geology Curriculum part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Abstract - Forging a link between quantitative skills and geologic problem solving is a valuable instructional approach that can guide the development of quantitative course material. A conceptual ...

Using Linear Regression to Determine Plate Motions part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Abstract - Scientists commonly gather data and develop equations to describe relationships among data and variables using linear regression. Providing geoscience majors opportunities to determine ...

A Preliminary Study of Students' Asking Quantitative Scientific Questions for Inquiry-Based Climate Model Experiments part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This study, published in the Journal of Geoscience Education, features a cognitive apprenticeship method that was used to promote conceptual learning in a climate science course. Students conducted ...

Using GPS to Teach More than Accurate Positions part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Undergraduate science majors need practice in critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and judging whether their calculated answers are physically reasonable. We have developed exercises using ...

A Math Paradox: The Widening Gap Between High School and College Math part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Dr. Ganem points out the increasing gap between the mathematical skills of incoming first-year college students and the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college science and math courses ...

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