SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules

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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

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

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

Let's Take a Hike in Catoctin Mountain Park part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Meghan Lindsey, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Meghan Lindsey, Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students use a topographic map and spreadsheet to find how many Big Macs they burned off on a five-mile hike at Catoctin Mountain Park.

Quantitative Concepts: Geometry; Trigonometry , Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty, Visual display of data , Geometry; Trigonometry :Triangles and trigonometric ratios, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, :Visual display of data :Reading graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty:Error; relative error, Geometry; Trigonometry :Circles (including radians and pi), Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Unit conversions, Rates, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable, Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Trigonometric functions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions, Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions
Excel Skills: Logic Functions:IF, Logic Functions, Angles and Trig Functions, Basic Arithmetic, Angles and Trig Functions:TAN, ATAN, ATAN2, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Angles and Trig Functions:DEGREES, RADIANS, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions, Arithmetic Functions:SUM
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science

Spreadsheet Warm Up for SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Dorien McGee, Meghan Lindsey and Len Vacher, University of South Florida Cover page by: Len Vacher
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. A tutorial, first module for the course, intended to introduce spreadsheets and the notion of math in an introductory geology course.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines , Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Mean, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Order of operations, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Units and Dimensions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, :Unit conversions
Excel Skills: Other Elementary Math Functions, Statistical Functions, :One array:MAX, MIN, etc, AVERAGE, Other Elementary Math Functions:LOG, LOG10

Nitrate Levels in the Rock Creek Park Watershed, Washington DC, 2: Variability 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 calculate standard deviation and z-values to examine a possible outlier in a positively skewed data set.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines , Basic arithmetic; Number sense, :Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, 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, Quartiles; percentiles, Standard deviation; variance; range, Mean, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability
Excel Skills: Other Manipulations and Functions, Graphs and Charts, Statistical Functions:One array:MEDIAN, MAX, MIN, etc, VAR, VARP, etc, MODE, Statistical Functions:One array, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot, Statistical Functions:One array:STDEV, STDEVP, etc, AVERAGE, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Simple Formulas, Basic Arithmetic, Statistical Functions:One array:COUNT, COUNTA, Statistical Functions
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Environmental Science:Ecosystem Monitoring, Environmental Science

Just How Faithful is Old Faithful? Finding Order in Random Behavior 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 Collection. Students create a histogram to examine the time between geyser eruptions of Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Probability, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, :Rates, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs
Excel Skills: Statistical Functions, Graphs and Charts, Statistical Functions:One array, One array:COUNT, COUNTA, MAX, MIN, etc
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Land Use & Planning, Environmental Science:Energy, Natural Hazards, Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science, :Geology:Earthquakes & Volcanoes, Earth & Space Science:Processes that Shape Earth's Surface, Environmental Science

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 :Median; mode, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines , 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 :Mean
Excel Skills: Statistical Functions:One array:MODE, MAX, MIN, etc, Graphs and Charts, Statistical Functions, :One array:COUNT, COUNTA, MEDIAN, Statistical Functions:One array, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, Basic Arithmetic
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science, :Geology:Earthquakes & Volcanoes

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

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