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What is the Volume of the 1992 Eruption of Cerro Negro Volcano, Nicaragua? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with SSAC:Examples

SSAC Physical Volcanology module. Students build a spreadsheet to calculate the volume a tephra deposit using an exponential-thinning model.

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Sun Spot Analysis part of Examples

Introductory students use Excel to graph monthly mean Greenwich sunspot numbers from 1749 to 2004 and perform a spectral analysis of the data using the free software program "Spectra".

Virtual Photoelectric Lab part of Simulations:Examples

This is a virtual lab activity on the photoelectric effect based on a Java applet simulation of the experiment.

Reflection and Absorption of Light part of Examples

Students use a microcomputer connected to a light sensor and temperature probe to explore the reflection and absorption of light.

Conservation of energy of while rolling down a hill part of Examples

Students analyze video clips of kids rolling down a hill on skates, scooters, and bikes to determine whether mechanical energy is conserved.

Measuring velocity of objects using video clips part of Examples

Students learn to determine the velocity of moving objects by doing simple analysis of video clips.

Measuring the coefficient of friction of a skater on ice part of Examples

Students use video analysis of ice skaters gliding across the ice to determine the coefficient of friction between the skates and the ice. Materials include instructions and six videos that can be used for analysis.

Conservation of energy of a rollercoaster using high speed video part of Examples

A high speed video clip of a roller coaster is used as an example of conservation of mechanical energy. Student use the video to determine whether mechanical energy is conserved while the roller coaster rolls up, and then back down a hil.

Analysis of simple harmonic oscillator in a single video clip part of Examples

One video clip, with embedded graphs, can be used to help students understand the mathematical relationships that describe simple harmonic motion.

Discovering Velocity Outside of the Classroom part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection

This activity is an outside the classroom teaching with data experiment. It allows students to collect and analyze data in ordet to create a distance versus time graph and calculate average velocity from the graph.