# Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB

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Modeling River Long Profiles
This project or multi-lab activity is designed to teach students about modeling landscape change caused by rivers over large time and spatial scales (e.g., the incision of Grand Canyon). Basic working knowledge of ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Geomorphology, Geoscience

Monitoring Algal Blooms with Landsat (OLI)
Andrew Fischer, university of tasmania
Algal blooms are caused by an aggregation of either microscopic phytoplankton or macro algae. They can produce toxic or harmful effects on humans and or the ecosystem. The purpose of this activity is to teach ...

Subject: Environmental Science, Ecosystems, Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience

Relaxation Method for a real parallel-plate capacitor
Sean Bartz, Indiana State University
Students learn to solve Laplace's equation for the potential in free space under the influence of a variety of boundary conditions that would be difficult to solve analytically, using the method of relaxation. ...

Subject: Physics:Electricity & Magnetism, Physics

Using MATLAB to understand distributions: Pokémon GO
Benjamin Bratton, Vanderbilt University
This problem set will help teach students how to describe real world distributions. Data science skills that will be covered include measures of central tendency and spread, transformations of distributions, ...

Subject: Biology

Finite difference modeling of hillslope diffusion
Dylan Mikesell, Boise State University
This activity introduces students to the finite difference solution of the hill-slope diffusion PDE. The students derive partial derivatives from Taylor Series expansions of the 2D topography function z(x,t). After ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Geoscience, Geology:Geophysics:Computer Modeling, Geoscience:Geology

The 'Keeling Curve' and analyzing time series data in MATLAB
Gareth Funning, University of California-Riverside
In this exercise, we analyze the trends in the CO2 record monitored at Mauna Loa, (the 'Keeling Curve'). This is an exercise in data handling, interpolation, trend estimation and extrapolation.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Geophysics:Computer Modeling, Geoscience

Population Dynamics: Bacterial Growth Curves Provide Data to Calculate Growth Rates and Carrying Capacity
Anne Walter, Saint Olaf College
Bacterial growth rates are monitored by OD and OD converted to cell population density from a standard curve derived from plate counts. The resulting data are used to fit a logistic model solved at discrete time ...

Subject: Biology

Choice of geophone layout in a simple near-surface seismics setting
Alain Plattner, California State University-Fresno
To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Click to watch Alain Plattner discuss his activity or watch the full webinar.We use MATLAB functions ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology, Geoscience, Geology:Geophysics, Geophysics:Computer Modeling

Simulation of a two storey structure under dynamic loads
William Cluett, University of Toronto
The activity is part of a first year course for Engineering Science students at the University of Toronto called ESC103F: Engineering Mathematics and Computation. In this computer lab activity, students use MATLAB ...

Subject: Engineering

Signal and spectral analysis