# SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules

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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

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:Unit conversions, Rates, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, 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
Excel Skills: Logic Functions, IF, Angles and Trig Functions:DEGREES, RADIANS, Angles and Trig Functions, Basic Arithmetic, Angles and Trig Functions:TAN, ATAN, ATAN2, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Arithmetic Functions, Arithmetic Functions:SUM
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science

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

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

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, Geometry; Trigonometry :Squares and rectangles, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Probability
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

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, 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, Units and Dimensions:Dimensions, Geometry; Trigonometry :Squares and rectangles
Excel Skills: Angles and Trig Functions:PI, Basic Arithmetic, Angles and Trig Functions, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested 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

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