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JiTT - Threats to Biodiversity part of Examples
1) How is climate change a threat to biodiversity? 2) What are the impacts of pesticides on animals (including insects) and humans? 3) Can human population growth really impact biodiversity? Explain your viewpoint.

Subject: Biology:Diversity, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology

Symmetry and Tilings: An Exploration part of Examples
Students are directed to read through a Web-based tutorial on Symmetry and Tilings in the form of an short and colorful article entitled Tilings and Tesselations; afterwards, they answer several questions on tilings (tessellations), tiling terminology, types of symmetry (isometries), periodic tilings and Penrose tilings.

Subject: Mathematics

History of Pi and Buffon's Needle part of Examples
Students are directed to visit the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive and read an extensive online article entitled History of Pi; in addition, they make use of an interactive simulation of Buffon's Needle experiment. Afterwards, they answer several questions on how mathematicians calculated approximations for the value of pi and on the formulas that they used; they also discuss and analyze Buffon's experiment.

Subject: Mathematics

Pythagorean Theorem Investigations part of Examples
Secondary Math Ed majors or Geometry students are directed to a Web site where they read through a rich and extensive collection of proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem, some accompanied by Java applets. Each student then selects two proofs to prepare to present to the class-a geometric proof and a visual proof-and writes a detailed outline of each proof. The student also indicates one additional proof that was of particular interest and the reason(s) for its selection.

Subject: Mathematics

Example JITT Activity part of Examples
Summary Context This is the second of two lessons on one-dimensional kinematics. The first lesson introduced the relevant physical quantities, position, velocity and acceleration. In this lesson we review the ...

JiTT - Fighting Recession: 2009 part of Examples
This is a JiTT exercise in which students apply introductory-level macroeconomic analysis to the question of how large the stimulus package put forward to Congress in early 2009 needed to be to close the ...

Subject: Economics

Principles of Economics: understanding opportunity cost, comparative advantage, and absolute advantage part of Examples
In principles of economics students many times have trouble understanding the concept of opportunity cost, connecting opportunity cost to comparative advantage, and differentiating between absolute advantage and comparative advantage. This activity allows the instructor to detect whether a large number of students exhibit any of these misconceptions, and then focus on the most problematic concepts in class.

Subject: Economics

Economic Statistics: Hypothesis Testing part of Examples
This activity helps a student recognize the consequences of Type I and Type II errors in hypothesis testing.

Subject: Mathematics:Statistics

Principles of Economics: understanding opportunity cost, comparative advantage, and absolute advantage part of Examples
In principles of economics students many times have trouble understanding the concept of opportunity cost, connecting opportunity cost to comparative advantage, and differentiating between absolute advantage and comparative advantage. This activity allows the instructor to detect whether a large number of students exhibit any of these misconceptions, and then focus on the most problematic concepts in class.

Subject: Economics

Monetary Policy and the FOMC part of Examples
Describing and analyzing monetary policy from FOMC press releases.

Subject: Economics