# SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules

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Mapping Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise at Point Reyes National Seashore part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Len Vacher, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students work with a color-coded conditional-formatted spreadsheet map to work through a USGS report applying a coastal vulnerability index.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average
Excel Skills: Other Manipulations and Functions, Statistical Functions, One array:AVERAGE, Basic Arithmetic, Other Manipulations and Functions:Data/Sort
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science:Climate Change, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Global Change & Climate, Earth & Space Science:Oceanography, Atmospheric & Climate Science

Mined-Over Matter: Remembering Copper Mining at Keweenaw National Historic Park, Upper Peninsula Michigan part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Judy McIlrath, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Judy McIlrath, Len Vacher, and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students calculate the amount of rock removed and the value of copper produced at the great Keweenaw District up to 1925.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Unit conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, Simple Formulas, Percent (format)
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science, Geology:Rocks & Minerals, Environmental Science

Deciviews from Look Rock, Great Smoky Mountains National Park: How Hazy is it? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Len Vacher (University of South Florida), Jim Renfro (Great Smoky Mountains National Park), and Susan Sachs (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Amie Fishinger, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students calculate the haze index and standard visual range from concentrations of particulate matter.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Unit conversions, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Units and Dimensions
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, Other Elementary Math Functions, LOG, LOG10, EXP, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Resource Use & Consequences:Air Quality

Flood Days and Good Canoeing Days at Congaree National Park part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Mark C. Rains (University of South Florida), David C. Shelley (National Parks Service) and Len Vacher (University of South Florida) Cover page by Len Vacher, University of South Florida
SSAC Geology of National Parks module/Geology of National Parks course. Students calculate probabilities using USGS hydrograph data, a spreadsheet of daily stage heights, and the COUNTIF function.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation
Excel Skills: Logic Functions, Basic Arithmetic, Simple Formulas, Logic Functions:COUNTIF
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Environmental Science, Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space Science

Dunes, Boxcars, and Ball Jars: Mining the Great Lakes Shores part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Tiffany Roberts, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students estimate the volume of sand in Hoosier Slide, a large dome-shaped dune quarried away in the 1920s from what is now Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. They also estimate the number of boxcars to carry the sand, and the number of Ball jars produced from it.

Quantitative Concepts: Geometry; Trigonometry :Other solid figures, Geometry; Trigonometry , Squares and rectangles, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Unit conversions, Estimation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Units and Dimensions, Units and Dimensions:Dimensions, Geometry; Trigonometry :Spheres
Excel Skills: Angles and Trig Functions, PI, Basic Arithmetic, Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Oceans & Coastal Resources, Earth & Space Science:Geology:Rocks & Minerals, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Resource Use & Consequences:Mineral Resources, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Environmental Science

Yellowstone! A National Park on a Hot Spot part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Judy McIlrath, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students use foundational math to study the velocity of the North American Plate over the hot spot, the volume of eruptive materials from it, and the recurrence interval of the cataclysmic eruptions.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Unit conversions, Geometry; Trigonometry :Squares and rectangles, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Probability
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Geology:Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes & Volcanoes, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Ecosystem Monitoring, Earth & Space Science

What are the Winds Blowing into Mammoth Cave? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Dorien K. McGee, University of South Florida Bobby Carson and Jonathan Jernigan, Mammoth Cave National Park Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Amie O. West, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students estimate the net volume of pollutants flowing into the Houchin's Narrows entrance of Mammoth Cave using actual air-flow and air-quality data from the park.

Subject: Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Air Quality

Spreadsheet Warm Up for SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules, 2: Elementary Spreadsheet Manipulations and Graphing Tasks part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Dorien McGee, Meghan Lindsay, Len Vacher, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. The second of two tutorials. Focuses on modifying spreadsheets (e.g., copy/paste, insert, sort) and creating and modifying graphs.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Visual display of data :Pie charts, XY scatter plots, Line graphs
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie Chart, XY Scatterplot, Other Manipulations and Functions:Data/Sort

Nitrate Levels in the Rock Creek Park Watershed, Washington DC, 1: Measures of Central Tendency part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Mark C. Rains and Len Vacher, University of South Florida Marian Norris, National Parks Service, Center for Urban Ecology Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students examine the histogram of a positively skewed data set and calculate its mean, median and mode.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Mean, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Average; weighted average, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Median; mode, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot, Graphs and Charts, XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Statistical Functions:One array, One array:AVERAGE, MEDIAN, MODE, Statistical Functions
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Environmental Science:Ecosystem Monitoring, Resource Use & Consequences, Human Populations, Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science, Ground & Surface Water

What is the Discharge of the Congaree River at Congaree National Park? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Denise Davis, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students use a rating curve to determine discharge at various stage heights.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data , Visual display of data , Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines , Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Goodness of fit (R2), Geometry; Trigonometry :Squares and rectangles
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot, Other Elementary Math Functions:LOG, LOG10, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Log Scale, Trendlines
Subject: Environmental Science:Ecosystem Monitoring, Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Land Use & Planning, Environmental Science

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