SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules

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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: 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, Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science, :Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Environmental Science:Ecosystem Monitoring, Resource Use & Consequences

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

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

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, 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, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Probability
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

Nitrate Levels in the Rock Creek Park Watershed, Washington DC, 2: Variability 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 calculate standard deviation and z-values to examine a possible outlier in a positively skewed data set.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, :Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Median; mode, Quartiles; percentiles, Standard deviation; variance; range, Mean, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines
Excel Skills: Other Manipulations and Functions, Statistical Functions:One array:MEDIAN, MODE, MAX, MIN, etc, Statistical Functions:One array, Statistical Functions, Graphs and Charts, Statistical Functions:One array:VAR, VARP, etc, STDEV, STDEVP, etc, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Percent (format), Basic Arithmetic, Statistical Functions:One array:COUNT, COUNTA, AVERAGE, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot
Subject: Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Environmental Science:Ecosystem Monitoring, Environmental Science

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

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

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

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

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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