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How Many Is A Million? part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Rates and Time:Visualizations with Teaching Notes
Roger Steinberg, Department of Natural Sciences, Del Mar College Description To help students visualize the immensity of geologic time, or even the immensity of just one million years, I have created a very large ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

Half Life Model part of Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend the nature of half life. Students use the model to simulate the decay of radionuclides. The ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Geochemistry:Radioisotopes

Fracture Fundamentals: A Cheesy Analog part of Examples
This activity has students make small cuts in processed cheese food and then apply shear stress perpendicular or parallel to the cuts to see what sort of fracturing will occur.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Microstructures, Deformation Mechanisms, Fabrics

Sonar Demonstration -- Human Sound Wave part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Oceanography:Activities
Sonar technology allowed scientists to produce high-resolution maps of the sea floor for the first time. This sonar demonstration uses a Human Sound Wave to image the "sea floor" in a lecture hall. In ...

Subject: Physics, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Geology and Geophysics

Using Melting Ice to Teach Radiometric Dating part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Students are challenged to a Sherlock Holmes-style mystery in which they construct their own decay curves of melting ice to determine time-zero.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Radioisotopes, Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

Exploring Radiometric Dating with Dice part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
An activity in which students use dice to explore radioactive decay and dating and make simple calculations.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Radioisotopes, Mathematics

Demonstration of radioactive decay using pennies part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
A demonstration (with full class participation) to illustrate radioactive decay by flipping coins. Shows students visually the concepts of exponential decay, half-life and randomness. Works best in large classes – the more people, the better.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Radioisotopes, Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

Igneous Rocks Model part of Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students use samples of four igneous rocks (gabbro, basalt, granite, and rhyolite) to observe differences in texture, color and grain size and make inferences ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks

Earthquake Demonstration part of Examples
This demonstration uses an "earthquake machine" constructed from bricks, sand paper, and a winch, to simulate the buildup of elastic strain energy prior to a seismic event and the release of that energy during an earthquake.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Microstructures, Deformation Mechanisms, Fabrics

Crystallization from Melt Demonstration part of Examples
This demonstration uses melted phenyl salicylate to show how crystals nucleate and grow as the temperature of the liquid melt decreases.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Crystal Chemistry, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes

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