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Visual Strategies: A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists and Engineers part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Felice C. Frankel, Angela H. DePace
The guide sets out strategies and offers examples to assist researchers - even those with no previous design training - with creating effective visual graphics for use in multiple contexts, including ...

BGeology 3D part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Laura Marie Leventhal, Dale S. Klopfer, Charles Onasch, Guy Zimmerman
This site from the Interdisciplinary Research in Geology, Computer Science, and Psychology at Bowling Green State University provides teaching tools for the geological sciences. The NSF-funded ...

Effect of Type of Practice in a Computer-Aided Design Environment in Visualizing Three-Dimensional Objects From Two-Dimensional Orthographic Projections part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Richard T. Duesbury, Harold F. Jr. O
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of practice in manipulating 2- and 3-dimensional (D) wireframe images on a learner's ability to visualize 3-D objects. Practice, ...

University Students' Conceptualization and Interpretation of Topographic Maps part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Douglas Clark, Stephen Reynolds, Vivian Lemanowski, Thomas Stiles, Senay Yasar, Sian Proctor, Elizabeth Lewis, Charlotte Stromfors, James Corkins
(from the abstract) This study investigates the strategies and assumptions that college students entering an introductory physical geology laboratory use to interpret topographic maps, and follows ...

Unlocking the spatial dimension: digital technologies and the future of geoscience fieldwork part of SERC Print Resource Collection
K. J. W. McCaffrey, R. R. Jones, R. E. Holdsworth, R. W. Wilson, P. Clegg, J. Imber, N. Hollman, I. Trinks
Abstract: The development of affordable digital technologies that allow the collection and analysis of georeferenced field data represents one of the most significant changes in field-based ...

Integrating Handheld Technology with Field Investigations in Introductory-level Geoscience Courses part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Laura A. Guertin
Many geoscience students do not receive the opportunity to use handheld computers and similar tools during field experiences until they enroll in upper-division courses or attend field camp. Although ...

Using Mobile Mapping to Determine Rates of Meander Migration in an Undergraduate Geomorphology Course part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Kirsten Menking, Meg E. Stewart
Students in an undergraduate geomorphology course used tablet computers equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to map the current ...

Fostering Students' Comprehension of Topographic Maps part of SERC Print Resource Collection
David N. Rapp, Steven Culpepper, Kent Kirkby, Paul Morin
Novice earth science students often have difficulty visualizing three-dimensional interpretations of flat, two-dimensional displays. This challenge becomes apparent when students attempt to ...