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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

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

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 ...

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

An electrostatics puzzler part of Examples
An interactive lecture demonstration intended to help students use physics reasoning to predict the outcome of a puzzling electrostatics demonstration.

Subject: Physics, :Electricity & Magnetism, Electricity & Magnetism:Electrostatics, Physics:Education Foundations:Alternative Conceptions, Physics:Education Practices:Active Learning

A simple motor/generator demonstration for use in interactive lecture part of Examples
This activity describes a simple clear demonstration of electric generators (Faraday's Law) and electric motors (Lorentz Force). This demonstration can be used as an interactive lecture demonstration.

Subject: Physics:Electricity & Magnetism:Magnetic Fields and Forces, Electromagnetic Induction, Physics:Electricity & Magnetism

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

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