SSAC Physical Volcanology Modules
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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.
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
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.
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.
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