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Glacier (?) National Park part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students examine data about the disappearing glaciers in the park; after calculating percentage change in the number of glaciers from 1850 to 2000, they interpolate to estimate when Grinnell glacier will be gone.

Carbon Sequestration in Campus Trees part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use allometric relationships to calculate tree mass from trunk diameter in a stand of trees in the Pacific Northwest.

Earth System Topics: Biosphere, Ecology

From Isotopes to Temperature: Working With A Temperature Equation part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a spreadsheet to examine from a dataset the relation between oxygen isotopes in corals and the temperature of surrounding seawater.

Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Earth Materials, Biosphere

Nitrate Levels in the Rock Creek Park Watershed, Washington DC, 1: Measures of Central Tendency part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students examine the histogram of a positively skewed data set and calculate its mean, median and mode.

Earth System Topics: Hydrology, Ground Water, Surface Water

Lithospheric Density part of Examples
Students learn about the weighted mean by building spreadsheets that apply this concept to the average density of the oceanic lithosphere.

Earth System Topics: Solid Earth, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics

Exercise to Calculate River Discharge part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use field data from rivers to understand how river discharge is calculated.

Global Climate: Estimating How Much Sea Level Changes When Continental Ice Sheets Form part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to estimate how far sea level drops during a continental glaciation.

Lithospheric Density part of Examples
Students learn about the weighted mean by building spreadsheets that apply this concept to the average density of the oceanic lithosphere.

Earth System Topics: Solid Earth, Plate Tectonics, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards

Tale of Two Cities (and two hurricanes): New Orleans part of Environmental Geology:Activities
This is an activity that uses the spreadsheet program Excel to explore the origins of subsidence in New Orleans. There are two versions. The first is a traditional Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum (SSAC) module ...

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions, Natural Hazards, Surface Processes:Weathering, Erosion, Mass Wasting, Atmosphere:Weather

The Digital Divide: A Data Analysis Activity Using Subtotals part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students analyze a given data set to understand the "Digital Divide" by means of percentages and the Subtotal tool in Excel.