Introduction to Texas Hurricanes
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In this activity, students are asked to graph data about some 20th century hurricanes that hit the Texas coastline. For each graph, they are asked several questions about any apparent correlation between the different variables. There are also some summative questions asking students to draw overarching conclusions from their graphs and their answers to previous questions.
- Accurately graph a data set.
- Deduce correlations between variables in the data set.
- Use the graphs and deduced correlations to answer questions.
Context for Use
This activity is appropriate for an introductory college geoscience class. It is also applicable to earth science classes at the high school level.
Description and Teaching Materials
Introduction to Texas Hurricanes (Acrobat (PDF) 87kB May5 04)
: This file provides directions for the activity as well as the data that students will need to graph and the questiosn they are expected to be able to answer based on their graphs.
Students must make several graphs and answer questions based on their results. These products may be assessed for completeness and accuracy.
References and Resources
Bomar, G. (1995), Texas Weather, University of Texas Press.