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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

Paper Fans and Paper Planes: A classroom PPF example
This page is authored by Jamie Wagner, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
This in-class exercise has students create a classroom PPF which is simple to implement in about 15-20 minutes but has lasting impacts and applications.

Demonstrating discount rates with a reverse auction of presentation dates
James Peyton, Highline Community College
In this reverse auction of assignment delivery dates, student groups submit their "offers" for taking different dates. The groups complete an exercise using their offers to calculate a simple discount rate for future effort, which can be tied to a discussion of the economics of climate change.

Cartel game
Enrique Valdes, Miami Dade College
This is a game that puts students in a groups to interact as if they were firms in a cartel. This game will illustrate how oligopoly's are inherently unstable.

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

An Interactive Introduction to Randomized Control Trials
Utteeyo Dasgupta, Franklin and Marshall College
This activity provides a classroom impact evaluation exercise that serves as an introduction to the primary investigative tool of current Development economics.

Subject: Economics

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