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Using Popcorn to Simulate Radioactive Decay part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Popping popcorn in your class is an excellent way to illustrate both the spontaneity and irreversible change associated with radioactive decay. It helps students to understand the unpredictability of decay.

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

M&M Model for Radioactive Decay part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
A tasty in-class demonstration of radioactive decay using two colors of M&M's. Illustrates the quantitative concepts of probability and exponential decay. This activity is appropriate for small classes (<40 students).

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology

The nature of volcanism as controlled by viscosity part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
This activity is fun to include in a classroom. This activity has the students design demonstrations using ketchup and peanut butter to document how viscosity differences between rhyolite and basalt control various ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes, Volcanology

We Buy Anything: an in-class activity demonstrating the Fed's response to the financial crisis of 2008 part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Starting Point: Economics in Two-Year Colleges:Activities
This role-playing activity engages students and underscores how quickly and dramatically the Federal Reserve System responded to the financial crisis of 2008.

Subject: Economics:Macro policy, Economics

Understanding the Term Auction Facility: an in-class activity part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Starting Point: Economics in Two-Year Colleges:Activities
This activity introduces students to the Federal Reserve's Term Auction Facility in order to understand how and why the Fed undertook alternative policies of monetary control in response to the Financial Crisis of 2007 2008.

Subject: Economics, Macro policy

Electromagnetic Induction Demonstration part of Examples
This simple demonstration shows the interaction between electricity and magnetism. Two coils of wire are held close to each other, but not touching. One is attached to a music source, such as a small radio or iPod, and the other is attached to an external speaker. Students can hear the music through the speaker even though there is no direct connection.

Subject: Physics:Electricity & Magnetism:Inductance

What's the best payment? part of Examples
After predicting which of two earnings streams has the highest currrent value, students use a discounted values table to compare the two earnings streams, discovering that earlier earnings has higher value and that ...

Subject: Economics:Micro

Understanding money: Where is most of my money? part of Examples
This activity uses an Interactive Lecture Demonstration to help students understand the definition of money in a modern economy. Starting with the common misconception that money is coins and currency, the ...

Subject: Economics:Macro

Which U.S. President generated the highest budget deficits? part of Examples
Students compare budget deficits and surpluses generated between 1969 and 2008 measured in nominal terms and then as a percentage of GDP.

Subject: Economics:Macro policy

Contructing a projectile launcher and free falling target part of Examples
This activity describes the construction and use of a pneumatic cannon and free falling target used to teach the concepts of projectile motion in introductory physics.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Gravity, Physics:Electricity & Magnetism:DC Circuits, Physics:General Physics:Equipment, Physics:Education Practices:Instructional Material Design, Technology, Physics:Classical Mechanics:Motion in Two Dimensions, Projectile Motion, Physics:Education Foundations:Teacher Content Knowledge, Physics:Education Practices:Active Learning