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Using Excel to plot numerical and analytical forms of the diffusion equation part of Cutting Edge:Manage Your Career:Early Career:Previous Workshops:Workshop 2010:Teaching Activities
This computer-based assignment forces students to compare and contrast integral and differential forms of the conservation of mass equation, as well as analytical and numerical approaches to solution. Students are ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water

Who Polluted Surface and Groundwater in This Place? part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students use water-well data and geology to determine which site caused groundwater and surface-water contamination.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Surface Water , Groundwater , Point Source Pollution, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Contaminant hydrology, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Non-Point Source Pollution

Introduction to the properties of clay minerals part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Mineralogy:Activities
These laboratory experiments are designed to show the cation exchange capabilities of clays and how these exchanges affect physical properties.

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Physical Properties, Environmental Mineralogy, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Mineralogy:Crystal Chemistry, Systematic Mineralogy:Sheet Silicates

Building Blocks part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Environmental Geology:Activities
In association with rock and mineral ID tables, this lab introduces students to basic rocks and minerals via grouping and comparison, rather than as individual samples. I use this lab in my environmental geology ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science

Weathering Experiment part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
This project has students dirty several dishes equally and design experiments to determine which analogs of geologic processes are most efficient for removing the baked-on food. Students calculate rates of ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Weathering, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Modeling/Physical Experiments

When Does Aquifer Heterogeneity Matter? Predicting the Influence of Alternative Conceptual Models on Contaminant Plume Migration part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Hydrogeology:Activities
In this classroom activity, students are given two alternative conceptualizations of aquifer/aquitard distributions in a glacial aquifer system and asked to predict differences in the migration of contaminant ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Groundwater flow, Groundwater modeling, Water and society, policy, and management, Aquifer properties, Contaminant hydrology

Wooster Case Study - Capture Curve Analysis part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Hydrogeology:Activities
This Excel based exercise has students calculate the shape of the capture zone of a contaminant recovery well. Students perform a sensitivity analysis by varying aquifer and pumping parameters to observe the impact ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Well hydraulics, Contaminant hydrology, Aquifer properties, Water supply/water resource evaluation

Using Excel for Aquifer Test part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Hydrogeology:Activities
Entry level undergraduate students who use commercial software packages for aquifer test often feel frustrated and distant from real field test. This session introduces a method of aquifer test using Excel ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water: Field methods in hydrogeology, Groundwater modeling, Well hydraulics

Viscosity experiments: physical controls and implications for volcanic hazards part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
This activity is a laboratory-style exercise that involves investigating the physical controls on viscosity by pouring different syrup mixtures down an inclined plane and using Jeffreys equation to calculate ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes, Volcanology

Petrographic Problem Solving Assignments part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Petrology:Teaching Examples
Petrographic problem-solving (PPS) assignments are a series of mini-projects in which students conduct two-week scientific investigations on thin sections and hand samples selected by the instructor. For each PPS ...

Subject: Geoscience: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

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