# Quantitative Skills, Thinking, and Reasoning Activities

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Laboratory Activity: The Sun and Climate

Peter Selkin, University of Washington-Tacoma Campus

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.

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.

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.

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.

Race and Space

Lindsay Custer, Cascadia Community College

This assignment exposes students to racial inequalities in their own communities and helps them to identify the impact of racial segregation on quality of life. The big ideas in this assignment are racial inequality, residential segregation, and environmental justice.

A Monarchy Deposed: The Demise of the Monarch Butterfly

Daniel Abel

Monarch butterflies (scientific name: Danaus plexippus) migrate annually to forests in central Mexico from Canada and California. Those surviving the 1200 - 2800 mile migration overwinter in Mexico. In this activity, students will learn about the conservation biology of monarch butterflies, threats to their survival, the implications of their potential extinction, and ways to protect the species.

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.

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

Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College

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. ...