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Cool Roof part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Matlab Workshop 2018:Activities
This project is a hands-on, open-ended, collaborative assessment of students' abilities to collect numerical data, and develop mathematical models of naturally occurring phenomena. Students design physical ...

LRC Circuit Calculation part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Matlab Workshop 2017:Activities
This is a homework assignment in a course in electronics for sophomore-level physics students on the topic of AC circuits. It includes 3 questions to calculate the reactance, total impedance, and voltage across ...

Projectile Motion and Circular Motion part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Matlab Workshop 2017:Activities
4 MATLAB Grader (previously Cody Coursework) problems assigned to freshmen physics majors in a general physics course are described. The physics concepts are projectile motion and circular motion.

1. Electricity, Work, and Power part of Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability
This module is designed to prepare students to better understand the other modules in the course. It is a review of basic high school-level physics, reminding students of the fundamentals of energy, work, power, ...

Modeling a voltage divider part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Matlab Workshop 2016:Teaching Activities
This is a homework assignment in a course in electronics for sophomore-level physics students on the topic of voltage dividers. At the start of the semester, students receive a kit of electronic components ...

Unit 1: Data Set Analysis part of Mapping the Environment with Sensory Perception
In this unit, students will be introduced to different data types used in the geosciences and other disciplines to understand environmental problems. The instructor will discuss the difference between qualitative ...

Unit 4: The Water Wars of Cochabamba, Bolivia part of Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources - Spanish
In this unit, students explore water privatization and freshwater access issues within the geophysical and cultural context of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Students identify topographical features that create rain shadows ...

Unit 3: Rivers and Water Diversion part of Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources - Spanish
In this unit students will explore surface water and its relationship to the water cycle via watersheds and drainage divides. These topics will inform their analysis of the social and environmental impacts of the ...

Lab 2: Earth's Frozen Oceans part of EarthLabs for Educators:Climate and the Cryosphere
The lab activity described here was developed by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives In Part A, students will learn about how sea ice forms and influences ocean currents ...

Density, Buoyancy and Convection part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
This 3-hour hands-on guided-discovery lab activity teaches students the concepts of density, buoyancy, thermal expansion and convection.

Being P-Waves and S-Waves part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
Teach students about P-waves and S-waves by having them model them with their own bodies. -

Mass Balance Model part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Mathematical and Statistical Models:Mathematical and Statistical Models Examples
Students are introduced to the concept of mass balance, flow rates, and equilibrium using an online interactive water bucket model. -

Back-of-the-Envelope Calculations: Weight of Gold part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Question Let's suppose that you have a shoe box full of water (the box is waterproof, of course). The shoe box weighs about 9 kg (19.8 pounds). Suppose you emptied the box and filled it completely with rock ...

Sensitivity of Parameters in Chaotic Systems part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Matlab Workshop 2019:Activities
In this computer lab activity, students explore and discuss the nature of the sensitivity of parameters in a chaotic system. As a result, they understand the challenges of numerical simulation and/or parameters ...

MATLAB LIGO Analysis part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Matlab Workshop 2019:Activities
Foundational computational skills for physics students can be developed in an introductory 2-semester survey course for first-year university physics students using physics-data-driven exercises that introduce ...

Arduino Pendulum Physics Lab part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Matlab Workshop 2018:Activities
Easy to build pendulum lab to acquire data from an Arduino, analyze the data to find the period of the pendulum, and connect theory with the experiment using symbolic calculations.

Sunspots part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Matlab Workshop 2018:Activities
In this assignment, students use MATLAB to import raw sunspot data and output processed sunspot data.

Using Matlab to Evaluate a Bracket in Equilibrium part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Matlab Workshop 2017:Activities
Students will evaluate a t-shaped bracket with both supports and applied forces. Both hand calculations and a Matlab script will be used to evaluate the forces. Then, the student will experiment with changing the ...

Earth's Magnetic Field CogSketch geoscience worksheet part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Sketching activity that uses a sketch-understanding program, CogSketch. To draw attention to the changes in magnetic inclination with latitude on Earth, students move, rotate, and match packages of "rock" ...

Sonar Demonstration -- Human Sound Wave part of Oceanography:Activities
Sonar technology allowed scientists to produce high-resolution maps of the sea floor for the first time. This sonar demonstration uses a Human Sound Wave to image the "sea floor" in a lecture hall. In ...