# Quantitative Skills, Thinking, and Reasoning Activities

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## Geography

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Measuring the Earth

Peter Copeland, University of Houston-University Park

With a colleague at the University of Kansas, we measure the size of the Earth using the method of Eratosthenese. This is handy because the UH and KU campuses are almost directly on a N-S line.

Illustrating Hillslope Diffusion with Physical and Numerical Models

Gregory Hancock, College of William and Mary

This problem illustrates how numerical theories are developed, how we might test this theory with an analog model, and how numerical models are constructed and the limitations of numerical modeling.

When is Dinner Served? Predicting the Spring Phytoplankton Bloom in the Gulf of Maine (College Level)

Brian Welch, Saint Olaf College

College-level adaptation of the Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter. Students explore the critical role phytoplankton play in the marine food web. -

Reading Topographic Maps and Calculating Map Scale

Leslie Kanat, Johnson State College

Use a topographic map to deliniate a watershed, draw a map bar scale, and calculate a map ratio scale.

Unit 2: Perception of hazards, vulnerability and risk

Brittany Brand, Boise State University; Pamela McMullin-Messier, Central Washington University; Melissa Schlegel, College of Western Idaho

Students will collect and analyze relevant social data on individual and community knowledge, risk perception and preparedness within their local social networks.

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Laboratory Activity: The Sun and Climate

Peter Selkin, University of Washington, Tacoma

In this physical geography lab, students examine the relationship between solar altitude, solar declination, and temperature regimes. Using data collected in the field, mathematical relationships, and temperature records available on the Internet, students compare the insolation and climate in their location to that of other locations.

Environmental Footprint

Christina Gallup, University of Minnesota-Duluth

This activity has students do a web-based environmental footprint quiz and integrate their results into a class mean. The students compare their results by creating a bar graph and do some simple calculations to see how much of the Earth just the population of the US requires.

Back-of-the-Envelope Calculations: Scale of the Himalayas

Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College

Question Let's imagine a scale model of the Earth, and let's imagine that the Earth is the size of a basketball. Suppose that you wanted to build the Himalayas to scale on the surface of the basketball. ...

GEO-Logic: How Well Do You Know Your National Parks and Memorials

Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine

Students are asked to associate historical figures with a particular National Park or Memorial (and its size) as well as the number of points they scored in a fictitious game show, based on clues about the situation given from various perspectives.

Westward Ho! How Far is Yonder Mountain

Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida

PowerPoint module leading students through development of a spreadsheet to calculate the distance of a mountain peak from coplanar vertical angles shot from two points a known distance apart.