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Laboratory Activity: The Sun and Climate part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Peter Selkin, University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
In this physical geography lab, students examine the relationship between solar altitude, solar declination, and temperature regimes. Using data collected in the field, mathematical relationships, and temperature records available on the Internet, students compare the insolation and climate in their location to that of other locations.

Calculation of the Magnitude of Lunar and Solar Tidal Forces on the Earth part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Randal Mandock, Clark Atlanta University; Randal Mandock, Clark Atlanta University
Project in which students calculate the magnitude of lunar and solar tidal forces on the earth. They calculate the solar tidal effect relative to the lunar tidal effect and the relative solar tidal effect for spring-tide conditions.

Investigating dimensions of the solar system part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Francisco San Juan, Elizabeth City State University; Steven Schafersman, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, The; Michael Stewart, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Planetary data are used to investigate and evaluate the Nebular Hypothesis.

Reaching for a Star... (and finding its diameter!) part of Earth and Space Science:Summer 2011:Activities
Jan Davagian
The use of metric units and measuring skills are reviewed. Extreme distances are measured using a pinhole camera to set up ratios of similar triangles.

GEOLogic: Terrestrial and Jovian Planets part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine
In this two-part example, students are given clues about properties about the terrestrial and Jovian planets respectively and asked to match up the planet with the correct equatorial radius, mean orbital velocity, and period of rotation.

Cycles of the Sun and Moon part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
John McDaris, Carleton College
This activity asks students to download sunrise and sunset data along with moon phase data and graph these data sets together in a spreadsheet in order to visualize the cycles of the seasons and the moon.

Kepler's Third Law - The Equation part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida
In this module, students are asked to devise a simple relationship between the sidereal period and orbital radius.

Scaling Galileo's Solar System - Locating the Globes part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida
In this module, students are asked to produce an angular measure of the planets' position based on their scaled orbital distances and periods. To plot the position of the planet on a campus map, they are also asked to convert polar coordinates to Cartesian coordinates.

Scaling Galileo's Solar System - Size of the Globes part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida
In this module, students determine the sizes of the various planets in the solar system given a particular scale. At this scale, they are also asked to compare the planet sizes to the grain sizes of different sediment types.

Scaling Galileo's Solar System - Times part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida
In this module, students are asked to look at how long it takes for planets and moons to complete their orbits, and how fast they are going.

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