SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules

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

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: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data , Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, :Units and Dimensions, Rates:Rates of Change, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Unit conversions, Rates, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, :Simple Formulas, Percent (format)
Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Earth & Space Science:Geology:Earthquakes & Volcanoes, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science, :Resource Use & Consequences, 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, 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

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

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

Spreadsheet Warm Up for SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules, 2: Elementary Spreadsheet Manipulations and Graphing Tasks part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Dorien McGee, Meghan Lindsay, 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. The second of two tutorials. Focuses on modifying spreadsheets (e.g., copy/paste, insert, sort) and creating and modifying graphs.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Line graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Pie charts
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:Pie Chart, Line Graph, Bar Graph, XY Scatterplot, Other Manipulations and Functions:Data/Sort

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: 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

What are the Winds Blowing into Mammoth Cave? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Dorien K. McGee, University of South Florida Bobby Carson and Jonathan Jernigan, Mammoth Cave National Park Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Amie O. West, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students estimate the net volume of pollutants flowing into the Houchin's Narrows entrance of Mammoth Cave using actual air-flow and air-quality data from the park.

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

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

Comparing Stream Discharge in Two Watersheds in Glacier National Park 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 study how discharge per unit area varies with elevation in the high country of Glacier National Park from USGS hydrograph data from Swiftcurrent Creek and its tributary Grinnell Creek..

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty, Uncertainty:Error; relative error, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Units and Dimensions, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Unit conversions, Rates, Average; weighted average, Basic arithmetic; Number sense
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, Statistical Functions:One array, Statistical Functions, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Basic Arithmetic
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Earth & Space Science, :Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science, :Resource Use & Consequences



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