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Teaching Activity Collection

These activities have been developed or adapted by Carleton faculty. For many more assignments from multiple disciplines, see the SERC activity collection. These assignments are presented in a common format so that other educators can make use of them more easily. Faculty are invited to submit activities to the collection at any time.


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Quantifying gustatory sensitivity using signal detection theory part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
In this lab, students explore the complex relationship between sensory stimulus and perceptual experience. This lab demonstrates how "noise" in the perceptual system, individual variability, and sensory adaptation influence perceptual judgments.

Carbon Sequestration of Eastside Neighborhood Trees part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Carbon Sequestration of Eastside Neighborhood Trees in Northfield, MN

Cultural Reading of movies in an advanced culture class in French part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Students analyze the cultural relevance of various French films with the help of statistical data.

Subject: Languages:French

Explaining Seismic Hazard Probabilities part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This activity asks students to explain earthquake hazard probabilities to a lay audience of citizens, government officials and others.

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes

Comparing Journalistic Reports to Primary Sources of Research part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
A set of three short writing assignments were designed to encourage students to think critically about the way that scientific research is reported by the popular media and the reasons that research may or may not be reported in a way that could be construed as misleading.

Subject: Psychology

Exploring an Architectural Remodel part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
An assignment that requires students to explore a remodeled architectural site, to update the original blueprints with accurate new plans based on their own measurements, and to propose viable possibilities for future reuses of the structure.

Subject: Fine Arts

Utilizing Numbers in Reading and Writing about Socially-Conscious Literature part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This activity introduces the students to the usefulness of quantitative material in studying and writing about socially-conscious literature.

Subject: English

Counting Grizzly Bears: An Exercise in Historical Reasoning part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment engages students in an environmental history class in the use of quantitative data, and raises questions about the nature and meaning of that data, and how it might be utilized.

Subject: History, Environmental Science

Comparison of GDP and the Human Development Index (HDI). part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment exposes students to data on economic growth anddevelopment as commonly measured by per capita GDP and the HumanDevelopment Index (HDI) for 100 countries of the world. There is a bigdebate about how good an indicator HDI is compared to GDP per capita asa measure of development.

Subject: Economics

Quantitative Review of an Article part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Students will read an academic article critically and write a review of the article.

Subject: Political Science

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