SSAC Physical Volcanology Modules

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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.

On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection.
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Quantitative Concepts: Geometry; Trigonometry :Spheres, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Unit conversions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Calculus; Numerical methods:Iteration, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots
Subject: Natural science:Earth science, Physics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas, 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.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Unit conversions, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Rates, Calculus; Numerical methods:Derivatives and integrals (analytical)
Subject: Natural science:Earth science, Chemistry, Physics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots