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Introduction to Carbonate Equilibrium
Michael Stapleton, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
The activity asks students to make observations about what occurs when two effervescent antacid tablets are placed into a beaker of water. The Students work together in groups. There are three parts to the ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Acid/Base Reactions, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Geochemistry:Aqueous Solutions

Viscosity experiments: physical controls and implications for volcanic hazards
Ben Edwards, Dickinson College
This activity is a laboratory-style exercise that involves investigating the physical controls on viscosity by pouring different syrup mixtures down an inclined plane and using Jeffreys equation to calculate ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes, Volcanology

Weathering Experiment
Pete Stelling, Western Washington University
This project has students dirty several dishes equally and design experiments to determine which analogs of geologic processes are most efficient for removing the baked-on food. Students calculate rates of ...

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils, Modeling/Physical Experiments, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Weathering

In-classroom Pumping Test
David Becker, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Students conduct a pumping test in a sand-filled basin or tank in the classroom with either a siphon drain or small fountain pump. Drawdown is measured in small piezometers and students analyze the data to ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Well hydraulics, Aquifer properties, Field methods in hydrogeology

Teaching Case: This American Life Episode 391: More is Less, 2009
Christina Robinson, Central Connecticut State University
This case study is based on NPR's This American Life Episode 391: More is Less, which originally aired in 2009. The story highlights the role health care providers, patients, and health insurance companies play in driving up the cost of care.

Subject: Economics

Penalty Kicks—A Simultaneous Move Zero-Sum Game
Christina Robinson, Central Connecticut State University
Penalty Kicks—A Simultaneous Move Zero-Sum Game is an experiment that illustrates the importance of playing randomized strategies. This experiment is appropriate for undergraduate students who have completed a basic game theory module and can be completed in 15-20 minutes.

Subject: Economics

Introduction of Backward Induction Technique Using a Classroom Experiment
Utteeyo Dasgupta, Franklin and Marshall College
This classroom activity serves as an intuitive introduction to backward induction solutions in an upper level undergraduate game theory course.

Subject: Economics

Airplane Production: A Law of Diminishing Marginal Product Exercise
Tisha Emerson, Baylor University
Classroom experiment illustrating the law of diminishing marginal productivity through the production of paper airplanes.

Subject: Economics

Public Goods Experiment
Todd Swarthout, Georgia State University

Subject: Economics

Foreign Exchange Rates: Solidifying a Student's Grasp of Supply and Demand
Todd Easton, University of Portland
In this assignment, students think about four events that would affect a country's exchange rate. Without actually drawing a supply and demand diagram, students say what direction, if at all, each curve would shift–and whether the currency would appreciate or depreciate as a result.

Subject: Economics

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