SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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