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Why is Chlorophyll Green? part of Examples
This is an out of class exercise that allows students to explore biological molecules that contain heme like molecules with metals bound in them. The properties of these molecules give them different colors and functions, but all are related evolutionarily.

Subject: Biology

Obesity Epidemic part of Examples
A one page activity that takes students to several websites related to the obesity epidemic. First they can calculate BMI, then learn about national trends in the rate of obesity and finally use a tutorial on insulin and diabetes.

Subject: Health Sciences

The US economy during your lifetime part of Examples
Students predict the best graphical representation of US real GDP/capita during the last twenty years, choosing from graphs showing: cyclical decline, cyclical change with no net change, cyclical increase, or erratic wide fluctuations. Using actual US data, students graph real GDP/capita to find out the actual pattern: a rising series with periodic dips, not a flat series, a falling series, or a highly erratic series as students often predict. Students then reflect on why this pattern is often misunderstood and why it may not fully describe the well-being of the US population.

Subject: Economics:Macro

Convection Demonstration part of Examples
Summary This demonstration uses ** How to set up the demonstration How to do the demonstration Ideas for discussing the convection demonstration in class References and resources

Subject: Education

Thermal Conductivity Demonstrations part of Examples
Summary Here are three ideas for demonstrating thermal conductivity to your students. I. Heat flow down a metal rod (or rods) is timed by seeing wax melt at different locations along the rod. II. A rod made of ...

Shape of the demand curve part of Examples
A classroom auction reveals reservation prices and a demand curve for an introductory economics course.

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

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

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