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, :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

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

Getting to the Point: Exploring Tectonic Motion at Point Reyes National Seashore 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 calculate such earthquake-related numbers as fault displacement rate and earthquake recurrence interval associated with the San Andreas Fault at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Unit conversions, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, :Gathering data , Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, :Simple Formulas, Other Elementary Math Functions:LOG, LOG10
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Geology, Geology:Earthquakes & Volcanoes, Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science, :Geology:Plate Tectonics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards

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

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



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