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

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

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:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Probability, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability
Excel Skills: Logic Functions:COUNTIF, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Basic Arithmetic, Logic Functions
Subject: Environmental Science, :Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space 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:Units and Dimensions, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Unit conversions, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Percent (format), Basic Arithmetic
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Geology:Rocks & Minerals, Earth & Space Science, :Geology, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences

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 , :Spheres, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, 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:Dimensions, Geometry; Trigonometry :Squares and rectangles
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, :Nested Formulas, Angles and Trig Functions:PI, Angles and Trig Functions, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space Science:Geology:Rocks & Minerals, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Mineral Resources, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science, :Resource Use & Consequences:Oceans & Coastal Resources, Earth & Space Science:Geology

A Percentage Stroll through Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Tom Juster, 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 calculate percentages and percent differences to compare various measures of fumaroles, mud pots, hot springs and geysers in this introduction to hydrothermal features at Yellowstone NP.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data , Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Unit conversions, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Rates:Rates of Change, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Percent (format), Basic Arithmetic
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Geology:Earthquakes & Volcanoes, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science, :Sustainability, Earth & Space Science:Geology

Glacier (?) National Park 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/Geology of National Parks module. Students examine data about the disappearing glaciers in the park; after calculating percentage change in the number of glaciers from 1850 to 2000, they interpolate to estimate when Grinnell glacier will be gone.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Unit conversions, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Units and Dimensions
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science, Atmospheric & Climate Science:Climate Change, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Global Change & Climate

Comparing Stream Discharge in Two Watersheds in Glacier National Park part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Mark Rains, 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 study how discharge per unit area varies with elevation in the high country of Glacier National Park from USGS hydrograph data from Swiftcurrent Creek and its tributary Grinnell Creek..

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, :Uncertainty, Uncertainty:Error; relative error, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Rates, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Unit conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense
Excel Skills: Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Statistical Functions:One array, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Statistical Functions, Basic Arithmetic
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Earth & Space Science, :Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science, :Resource Use & Consequences

Salmon Use of Geomorphically Restored Streams at Point Reyes National Seashore part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Mark Rains, 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 work with salmon-trace streambed data to study whether removal of a spawning run barrier was effective

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Basic Arithmetic, Graphs and Charts
Subject: Environmental Science:Ecosystem Monitoring, Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Earth & Space Science, :Processes that Shape Earth's Surface

Something is Askew at Mammoth Cave National Park part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Amie O. West, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Amie O. West, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students use the geometric mean and multiplicative standard deviation to examine the right-skewed distribution of nutrient concentrations in water-quality data at Mammoth Cave National Park.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines , Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, :Normal distribution, Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Median; mode, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Mean, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Reading graphs
Excel Skills: Logic Functions, :IF, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, STDEV, STDEVP, etc, Statistical Functions, :One array:MEDIAN, GEOMEAN, HARMEAN, Basic Arithmetic, Other Elementary Math Functions:LOG, LOG10
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity

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