Analyzing beach sands with a SEM/EDS
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This page first made public: May 10, 2006
This material was originally created for Starting Point:Introductory Geology
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
- Design a small testable project
- Demonstrate use of an instrument
- Generating hypotheses and asking questions
- Selecting samples to test hypothesis or address question
- Use of the SEM/EDS
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
Partial support for developing this exercise came from NSF 9951390.
Beane, R. J., 2004. Using the scanning electron microscope for discovery based learning in undergraduate courses. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 52, p. 250-253.