SSAC Physical Volcanology Modules

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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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Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Logarithmic function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Estimation, Unit conversions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential decay, Geometry; Trigonometry :Circles (including radians and pi)
Subject: Social science:History, Natural science:Earth science, Physics
Excel Skills: Other Elementary Math Functions:EXP, LN, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:PRODUCT, Other Elementary Math Functions:POWER, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Trendlines

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).

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty:Effect of uncertainty; sensitivity, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty:Error; relative error, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Significant figures, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data , Geometry; Trigonometry :Other plane figures
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