# SSAC Physical Volcanology Modules

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# Quantitative Concepts

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Bubbles in Magmas part of Examples

SSAC Physical Volcanology module. Students build a spreadsheet and apply the ideal gas law to model the velocity of a bubble rising in a viscous magma.

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Subject: Natural science:Chemistry, Earth science, Physics

Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:PRODUCT, SUM, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Angles and Trig Functions:PI

How Do We Estimate Magma Viscosity? part of Examples

SSAC Physical Volcanology module. Students build a spreadsheet to examine how magma viscosity varies with temperature, fraction of crystals, and water content using the non-Arrhenian VFT model.

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Subject: Natural science:Chemistry, Earth science, Physics

Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Log Scale, One Plot, Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, LOG, LOG10

How Does Surface Deformation at an Active Volcano Relate to Pressure and Volume Change in the Magma Chamber? part of Examples

SSAC Physical Volcanology module. Students build a spreadsheet to examine and apply the Mogi model for horizontal and vertical surface displacement vs. depth and pressure conditions in the magma chamber.

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Subject: Natural science:Physics, Earth science

Excel Skills: Angles and Trig Functions:PI, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Log Scale

What is the Volume of the 1992 Eruption of Cerro Negro Volcano, Nicaragua? part of Examples

SSAC Physical Volcanology module. Students build a spreadsheet to calculate the volume a tephra deposit using an exponential-thinning model.

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Subject: Social science:History, Natural science:Earth science, Physics

Excel Skills: Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, EXP, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:PRODUCT, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Trendlines, Other Elementary Math Functions:POWER

What is the Relationship between Lava Flow Length and Effusion Rate at Mt Etna? part of Examples

SSAC Physical Volcanology module. Students use Excel to determine a log-log relationship for flow length vs effusion rate and compare it with a theoretical expression for the maximum flow length.

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Subject: Natural science:Earth science

Excel Skills: Other Elementary Math Functions:LOG, LOG10, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot, XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, Log Scale

Porosity and Permeability of Magmas part of Examples

SSAC Physical Volcanology module. Students build a spreadsheet for an iterative calculation to find volume of bubbles and hence porosity, permeability and gas escape as a function of depth.

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Subject: Natural science:Earth science, Physics

Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Angles and Trig Functions:PI

How Do We Estimate Melt Density? part of Examples

SSAC Physical Volcanology module. Students build spreadsheets to estimate melt density at high temperatures and pressures from the thermodynamic properties of silicates.

Subject: Natural science:Chemistry, Physics, Earth science

Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

How are Flow Conditions in Volcanic Conduits Estimated? part of Examples

SSAC Physical Volcanology module. Students build a spreadsheet to calculate velocity of rising magma in steady-state Plinian eruptions using conservation of mass and momentum.

Subject: Natural science:Physics, Chemistry, Earth science

Excel Skills: Angles and Trig Functions:PI, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots

What is the Volume of a Debris Flow? part of Examples

SSAC Physical Volcanology module. Students build a spreadsheet to estimate the volume of volcanic deposits using map, thickness and high-water mark data from the 2005 Panabaj debris flow (Guatemala).

Subject: Natural science:Physics, Social science:Geography, History, Business, economics and finance :Economics, Natural science:Earth science

Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas