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

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

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

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

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

Nitrate Levels in the Rock Creek Park Watershed, Washington DC, 1: Measures of Central Tendency 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 examine the histogram of a positively skewed data set and calculate its mean, median and mode.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Mean, Median; mode, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot, Statistical Functions:One array:MEDIAN, AVERAGE, MODE, Statistical Functions:One array, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Statistical Functions, Graphs and Charts
Subject: Environmental Science:Human Populations, Resource Use & Consequences, Environmental Science, :Ecosystem Monitoring, Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Earth & Space Science

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

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

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