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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shifting Sands: Quantifying Shoreline and Dune Migration at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Mark Horwitz, 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 weighted averages and data from air photos from 1939 to 2005 to calculate the rate of retreat of the shoreline and the advance of the front of dunes along the shoreline.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Average; weighted average, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability
Excel Skills: Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Land Use & Planning, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Oceans & Coastal Resources, Environmental Science

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

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