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Arctic Climate Curriculum, Activity 3: Exploring Arctic Climate Data
Karin Kirk, Carleton College; Anne Gold, University of Colorado at Boulder
Students dig into authentic Arctic climate data to unravel some causes and effects related to the seasonal melting of the snowpack. In particular, students learn about albedo and its relationship to snowmelt. This ...

Arctic Climate Curriculum, Activity 2: Do you really want to visit the Arctic?
Karin Kirk, Carleton College
This jigsaw activity is designed for students to become familiar with several datasets of Arctic weather data, collected in Eureka on Ellesmere Island. Students join a role-playing activity to read and interpret ...

Back-of-the-Envelope Calculations: Energy Released in an Earthquake
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Question A magnitude 8.5 earthquake (such as the 1964 Good Friday earthquake in Alaska) releases about 1x1018 joules of energy. The atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima released about 1.5x1013 joules of energy. How ...

Shift in life expectancy
Holly Partridge
Determining the shift in expected life span over a century and the social and environmental impact

Biking vs Driving
Deirdre Smeltzer
How much difference would biking to work one day per week make?

Conservation of energy of a rollercoaster using high speed video
Peter Bohacek
A high speed video clip of a roller coaster is used as an example of conservation of mechanical energy. Student use the video to determine whether mechanical energy is conserved while the roller coaster rolls up, and then back down a hil.

Finding Your 'Perfect Partner': Evaluating matchmaker profiles usings ratings and cutoff methods
Semra Kilic-Bahi, Colby-Sawyer College
In this activity, students informally explore how the rating systems might be set up in a simple setting which uses the "profile" of eight candidates who have responded to an online dating service. The activity also employs the cut-off method as another decision making method on the same problem.

How Biodiverse is Lake Superior? An exercise in proportions.
Stephanie Kajpust
Students use critical thinking and algebra to measure and evaluate the biodiversity in Lake Superior.

Simple vs. Compound Interest -- Spreadsheeting the Difference
Gary Franchy, Southwestern Michigan College
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to tabulate, graph and compare the future value of investments with compound vs. simple interest. Spreadsheet level: beginner.