SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules

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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:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Unit conversions, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Units and Dimensions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense
Excel Skills: Other Elementary Math Functions:LOG, LOG10, EXP, Basic Arithmetic, Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, Other Elementary Math Functions, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Resource Use & Consequences:Air Quality, Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space Science, 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: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, :Simple Formulas, Logic Functions:COUNTIF, Logic Functions
Subject: Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Environmental Science

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

Vacation! How Long and How Far? -- A Geological Circuit of National Parks in the Colorado Plateau part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Judy A McIlrath University of South Florida, Tampa Created: 2006-11-29 14:21:09 Last Modified: January 05, 2008 18:10
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students estimate travel times and costs of a driving/camping trip to visit national parks in the Colorado Plateau.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data , Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Rates, Average; weighted average, Unit conversions, Estimation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, :Units and Dimensions
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Basic Arithmetic, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Arithmetic Functions:SUM, SUMPRODUCT
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science

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

What Does the Mean Mean? Describing Eruptions at Riverside Geyser, 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/Geology of National Parks module. Students study measures of central tendency in a bimodal dataset of eruption intervals.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Normal distribution, Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Mean, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines , Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Median; mode
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts, Statistical Functions:One array:MODE, Statistical Functions:One array, One array:COUNT, COUNTA, AVERAGE, MAX, MIN, etc, Statistical Functions, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Statistical Functions:One array:MEDIAN, Basic Arithmetic
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science, :Geology:Earthquakes & Volcanoes

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

Take a Deep Breath on the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park: How Many Ozone Molecules Do You Inhale? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Len Vacher, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Amie Fishinger, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students work with ratio and proportion and the concept of mole to calculate the number of molecules of ozone in a volume of air from concentration data.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Unit conversions, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Reading graphs, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Air Quality, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science

How Much Water Is In Crater Lake? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Heather Lehto, Department of Geology, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students calculate an answer from a bathymetric map by summing volumes of vertical prisms.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Calculus; Numerical methods, Geometry; Trigonometry , Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Calculus; Numerical methods:Derivatives and integrals (analytical), Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Unit conversions, Geometry; Trigonometry :Squares and rectangles, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, :Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Arithmetic Functions, Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Basic Arithmetic, Other Elementary Math Functions:ABS, Other Elementary Math Functions
Subject: Earth & Space Science, :Geology:Earthquakes & Volcanoes, Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Processes that Shape Earth's Surface

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