# Teaching Activities

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The Floating Lithosphere - Isostasy

Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida

Students are asked to numerically and then analytically determine the relations governing the depth of compensation.

Math Review

Kallina Dunkle, Austin Peay State University

This is designed as an introductory lab for hydrogeology or other upper-level courses that are quantitative in nature in order to review key mathematical concepts that will be used throughout the semester.

World Population Activity II: Excel

Activity and Starting Point page by R.M. MacKay. Clark College, Physics and Meteorology.

(Activity 2 of 2)In this intermediate Excel tutorial students import UNEP World population data/projections, graph this data, and then compare it to the mathematical model of logistic growth. -

Radiometric Dating

Related Links
Radioactive Decay
Exponential Growth and Decay
Peter Kohn - James Madison University
Christopher Gellasch - U.S. Military Academy
Jim Sochacki - James Madison University
Scott Eaton - James Madison University
Richard Ford - Weber State University

This activity leads students through derivations of the equations associated with radiometric dating.

Density of Earth - Using Some Field Data

Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida

This module addresses the problem of how to determine the density of the earth and has students do some field experiments to get the data they need to answer the problem.

The Floating Lithosphere - Eureka!

Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida

In this module, students examine Archimede's Principle in general and as it applies to Isostacy.

Density of rocks - How large is a ton of rock?

Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida

This module addresses the problem of how to determine the size of a ton of rocks of a given composition and invites the student to figure out how to solve the problem.

Exploring Radiometric Dating with Dice

Carla Whittington derived from Baer (1999)
Related Links Radioactive Decay ProbabilityExponential Growth and Decay

An activity in which students use dice to explore radioactive decay and dating and make simple calculations.

Back-of-the-Envelope Calculations: Percentage of Copper in Ore

Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College

Question Suppose that you are building a new house. It will take about 90 kg (198 pounds) of copper to do the electrical wiring. In order to get the copper in the first place, someone needs to mine solid rock that ...

Frequency of Large Earthquakes -- Introducing Some Elementary Statistical Descriptors

Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida

Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students examine the number of large earthquakes (magnitude 7 and above) per year for 1970-1999 and 1940-1999. QL: descriptors of a frequency distribution.