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The Floating Lithosphere - Isostasy part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Students are asked to numerically and then analytically determine the relations governing the depth of compensation.

Visualizing Sun Position of the Seasons part of Visualization:Examples
The goal of the exercise is to help students visualize and better understand how the sun changes apparent position over the course of the seasons.

Waves Through Earth: Interactive Online Mac and PC part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Mathematical and Statistical Models:Mathematical and Statistical Models Examples
Students vary the seismic P and S wave velocity through each of four concentric regions of Earth and match "data" for travel times vs. angular distance around Earth's surface from the source to ...

The Floating Lithosphere - Eureka! part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
In this module, students examine Archimede's Principle in general and as it applies to Isostacy.

Geologic Time Calculations part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Radiometric age determination using parent/daughter composition and a radiometric decay curve.

Lab 5: All About Air Pressure part of EarthLabs for Educators:Hurricanes
The lab activity described here was created by John McDaris of SERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives Students select a storm from the HURDAT database and create its track in the ...

Accessible Solar System on a String part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
Explore the solar system using your senses.

Exploring the Solar System, the Galaxies, and the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
The Hubble Telescope site (http://hubblesite.org) contains numerous teaching tools including videos, news articles about the solar system and the Universe, and games that introduce and reinforce astronomy and space science content and concepts. Teachers can design activities for multiple grade levels using the site as a foundation.

LRC Circuit Calculation part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2017:Activities
The problem set is for a course in electronics for physics students. It includes 3 questions to calculate the total impedance, current through and voltage across each component. Students are asked to computer the ...

Projectile Motion and Circular Motion part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2017:Activities
4 Cody Coursework problems assigned to freshmen physics majors in a general physics course. The topics of the problems are projectile motion and circular motion.

Using Matlab to Evaluate a Bracket in Equilibrium part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences: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 ...

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, ...

If You Build It ... part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2016:Teaching Activities
This classroom activity is hands-on building project designed for teams of two or three members. The teams will build a specified structure from Lego bricks (or some similar building blocks), record their ...

Modeling a voltage divider part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences:Matlab Workshop 2016:Teaching Activities
In this activity, you will determine the voltage values for different combinations of voltage dividers. You will create a wiring diagram and a circuit diagram. You will build several voltage dividers on a ...

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 ...

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" ...

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 ...

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 ...

Student Analysis of a Hockey Slap Shot part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
Pick a Video: Tools: This activity is intended to help students understand and apply concepts in physics mechanics to a real-world situation. Students will use a high speed video of a hockey slap shot, making ...

Introduction to Direct Measurement Video: Measure the Velocity of a Roller Coaster part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
Pick a Video: Tools: This activity can be students' first exposure to using Direct Measurement Videos in physics. Students will use a video to make measurements that will allow them to calculate the speed of ...

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