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Concept puzzles about geophysical methods part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
These exercises can be used in class to insure students have a firm grasp on the concepts behind a variety of geophysical techniques and can take anywhere between 10-45 minutes.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Gravity, Magnetism/Paleomag, Exploration Methods:Seismic refraction, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology
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Phylogenetics problems part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Coached Problem Solving:Examples
Students receive information about cladistics and apply this phylogenetic approach to two problems, collecting data, determining whether traits are ancestral or derived, and using this information to select the most parsimonious tree.

Subject: Biology:Evolution

Geothermal Gradients part of Petrology:Teaching Examples
In this problem set the students use two different equations to calculate a conductive geothermal gradient using a spreadsheet program like Excel. Once they have the geothermal gradient plotted, they are asked to ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Processes, Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria, PTt Relationships, Igneous Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics

Learning About Racial Demography Using the US Census part of QuIRK:Curricular Materials:Quantitative Writing:Examples
The purpose of this activity is to give students the opportunity to learn how the US Census categorizes race and analyze racialized descriptive statistics. They will get a chance to digest the material in the Census reports, and teach it to others.

Common Resource Experiment: Simulating Tragedy of the Commons in a Classroom part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum:Activities
An in-class activity intended to introduce students to the Tragedy of the Commons, its causes and potential solutions.

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Economics

Argument Analysis Activity for Philosophy Students part of Carleton College Learning and Teaching Center:Writing Across the Curriculum with Numbers:Assignments
In this exercise, students are asked to give a careful logical analysis of a philosophical argument. This involves breaking the argument down into premises, sub-conclusions, and a main conclusion, mapping the inferential connections between the foregoing in a numbered argument, and then evaluating the resulting argument for deductive validity and soundness.

Position Paper: Where to Send NASA's Next Big Mission part of Carleton College Learning and Teaching Center:Writing Across the Curriculum with Numbers:Assignments
An opinion essay (in the style of an Op-Ed) wherein students argue for sending NASA's next large mission to a particular solar system target. Arguments are based on data and (where possible) numbers.

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Izmit Earthquake part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
This lab allows students to analyze earthquake seismicity from the North Anatolian fault using a variety of methods.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Geophysics and Structural Geology, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology
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Where does your energy come from? Analyzing your energy bill part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum:Activities
Students use utility bills to determine the cost and sources of energy in their households.

Subject: Environmental Science:Energy:Energy Policy , Environmental Science:Policy:Energy Policy, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Energy
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Peer Review of Multimedia Web Sites Authored by Student Teams part of Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This activity is a peer-review exercise where students, as individuals, write templated reviews of draft web sites authored by student teams. The web sites are created over an entire term and relate to a topic ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change