SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules

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Glacier (?) National Park 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/Geology of National Parks module. Students examine data about the disappearing glaciers in the park; after calculating percentage change in the number of glaciers from 1850 to 2000, they interpolate to estimate when Grinnell glacier will be gone.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Unit conversions, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Units and Dimensions
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science, Atmospheric & Climate Science:Climate Change, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Global Change & Climate

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Does the Mean Mean? Describing Eruptions at Riverside Geyser, 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/Geology of National Parks module. Students study measures of central tendency in a bimodal dataset of eruption intervals.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Normal distribution, Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Median; mode, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines , Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, :Visual display of data , Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Mean
Excel Skills: Statistical Functions:One array:MODE, MAX, MIN, etc, Graphs and Charts, Statistical Functions, :One array:COUNT, COUNTA, MEDIAN, Statistical Functions:One array, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, Basic Arithmetic
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science, :Geology:Earthquakes & Volcanoes

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



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