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The Floating Lithosphere - Isostasy
Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida
Students are asked to numerically and then analytically determine the relations governing the depth of compensation.

Math Review
Kallina Dunkle, Austin Peay State University
This is designed as an introductory lab for hydrogeology or other upper-level courses that are quantitative in nature in order to review key mathematical concepts that will be used throughout the semester.

World Population Activity II: Excel
Activity and Starting Point page by R.M. MacKay. Clark College, Physics and Meteorology.
(Activity 2 of 2)In this intermediate Excel tutorial students import UNEP World population data/projections, graph this data, and then compare it to the mathematical model of logistic growth. -

Radiometric Dating
Related Links Radioactive Decay Exponential Growth and Decay Peter Kohn - James Madison University Christopher Gellasch - U.S. Military Academy Jim Sochacki - James Madison University Scott Eaton - James Madison University Richard Ford - Weber State University
This activity leads students through derivations of the equations associated with radiometric dating.

Density of Earth - Using Some Field Data
Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida
This module addresses the problem of how to determine the density of the earth and has students do some field experiments to get the data they need to answer the problem.

The Floating Lithosphere - Eureka!
Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida
In this module, students examine Archimede's Principle in general and as it applies to Isostacy.

Frequency of Large Earthquakes -- Introducing Some Elementary Statistical Descriptors
Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students examine the number of large earthquakes (magnitude 7 and above) per year for 1970-1999 and 1940-1999. QL: descriptors of a frequency distribution.

Metric System Conversions: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) activity
Jeffrey Pribyl
This activity helps student learn to convert within the metric system and begin learning about process skill necessary for working in groups.

Reading Topographic Maps and Calculating Map Scale
Leslie Kanat, Johnson State College
Use a topographic map to deliniate a watershed, draw a map bar scale, and calculate a map ratio scale.

Calculating and Comparing Tax Rates
Stuart Boersma, Central Washington University
This example focuses on six letters to the editor. All six letters attempt to describe and compare the amount of taxes paid on two different incomes: $30,000 and $200,000. Tax rates are expressed in absolute ...

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