SSAC Geologic Hazards Modules

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Lithospheric Density part of Examples
Tom Juster, University of South Florida
Students learn about the weighted mean by building spreadsheets that apply this concept to the average density of the oceanic lithosphere.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Logic Functions:IF, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM
Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics, Earth & Space Science:Geology:Plate Tectonics, Earth & Space Science

Introduction to Hazard and Risk: Part 1 part of Examples
Tom Juster, University of South Florida
Students are are introduced to Excel and its capabilities by building some simple spreadsheets.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense, :Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Order of operations
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, :Simple Formulas, Arithmetic Functions, Statistical Functions, :One array:COUNT, COUNTA, AVERAGE, Statistical Functions:One array, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM
Subject: Earth & Space Science,

Tale of Two Cities (and two hurricanes): New Orleans part of Examples
Tom Juster, University of South Florida
Students use spreadsheets to analyze the reasons why New Orleans has subsided in the past 250 years.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty:Manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, :Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling, Modeling:Forward modeling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, :Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Simple Formulas
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Atmospheric & Climate Science:Climate Change, Earth & Space Science, :Processes that Shape Earth's Surface

Tsunami-Time part of Examples
Tom Juster, University of South Florida
Students build spreadsheets to compute the time it takes a tsunami wave to pass over different regions of the ocean.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Unit conversions, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Rates:Rates of Change
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Basic Arithmetic, :Simple Formulas
Subject: Physics:Oscillations & Waves

Introduction to Hazard and Risk: Part 2 part of Examples
Tom Juster, University of South Florida
Students continue their introduction to Excel by building spreadsheets that estimate the risk of a major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone to Benton County, Oregon.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Unit conversions, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: , Earth & Space Science:Geology:Plate Tectonics, Earth & Space Science

Tale of Two Cities (and two hurricanes): Miami part of Examples
Tom Juster, University of South Florida
Students use a spreadsheet to compute the hypothetical risk of an Andrew-like hurricane to downtown Miami.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Mean, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data , Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Average; weighted average, Unit conversions, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
Excel Skills: Statistical Functions:One array, Statistical Functions, :One array:MAX, MIN, etc, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Basic Arithmetic, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Arithmetic Functions, Statistical Functions:One array:COUNT, COUNTA, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM
Subject: Earth & Space Science

Assessing earthquake risk: How often does the Big One occur? part of Examples
Tom Juster, University of South Florida
Students use spreadsheet tables and charts to explore the Gutenberg-Richter relationship between an earthquakes magnitude and recurrence interval.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense
Subject: Earth & Space Science

How often do earthquakes occur? part of Examples
Tom Juster, University of South Florida
Students use spreadsheet tables and charts to explore the relationship between earthquake magnitude and frequency.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data , Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Visual display of data :Reading graphs, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Unit conversions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Logarithmic function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Log Scale, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot, Graphs and Charts, :XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic, :Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Other Elementary Math Functions:EXP, LOG, LOG10
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Geology, Geology:Earthquakes & Volcanoes, Earth & Space Science, , Earth & Space Science:Geology:Plate Tectonics, Environmental Science, Physics:Oscillations & Waves, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards

Lithospheric Density part of Examples
Tom Juster, University of South Florida
Students learn about the weighted mean by building spreadsheets that apply this concept to the average density of the oceanic lithosphere.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Logic Functions:IF
Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics, Earth & Space Science:Geology:Plate Tectonics, Earth & Space Science


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