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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

Plate Kinematics part of Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend the dynamics of plate kinematics.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

The unemployment rate for the class part of Examples
After predicting what the unemployment rate will be for students in the class, a confidential survey modeled on the Current Population Survey questions is used to gather data about each student's employment. Students use this data to measure the class unemployment rate and then assess its accuracy.

Subject: Economics:Macro

Total Revenue and Price Elasticity of Demand: ILD part of Examples
This ILD helps students to understand the relationship between total revenue and price elasticity of demand.

Subject: Economics

Monopoly gas station part of Examples
Students predict then calculate and graph profit-maximizing the price for an isolated, desert monopoly gas station.

Subject: Economics:Markets

Price elasticity of demand survey part of Examples
Students survey class members to estimate the price elasticity of demand for a number of goods and services.

Subject: Economics:Micro

Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns part of Examples
An ILD to help demonstrate the Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns using an experiment.

Subject: Economics

Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns part of Examples
An ILD to help demonstrate the Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns using an experiment.

Dance of the tides part of Examples
Geoffrey Collins, Wheaton College, Norton MA Author Profile Summary empty Learning Goals Usually it's easy for students to visualize why there is a high tide on the side of the Earth facing ...

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