SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules

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Glacier (?) National Park part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Judy McIlrath, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students examine data about the disappearing glaciers in the park; after calculating percentage change in the number of glaciers from 1850 to 2000, they interpolate to estimate when Grinnell glacier will be gone.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Unit conversions, Estimation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science, Atmospheric & Climate Science:Climate Change, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Global Change & Climate, Earth & Space Science:Geology
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Deciviews from Look Rock, Great Smoky Mountains National Park: How Hazy is it? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Len Vacher (University of South Florida), Jim Renfro (Great Smoky Mountains National Park), and Susan Sachs (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Amie Fishinger, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students calculate the haze index and standard visual range from concentrations of particulate matter.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Units and Dimensions, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Unit conversions
Excel Skills: Other Elementary Math Functions, Basic Arithmetic, Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, LOG, LOG10, EXP, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: Earth & Space Science, Atmospheric & Climate Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Air Quality, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Environmental Science, Sustainability

Mapping Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise at Point Reyes National Seashore part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Len Vacher, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students work with a color-coded conditional-formatted spreadsheet map to work through a USGS report applying a coastal vulnerability index.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Rates, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense
Excel Skills: Other Manipulations and Functions:Data/Sort, Basic Arithmetic, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, Statistical Functions, Other Manipulations and Functions
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science, Atmospheric & Climate Science:Climate Change, Earth & Space Science, Oceanography, Environmental Science, Global Change & Climate

Mined-Over Matter: Remembering Copper Mining at Keweenaw National Historic Park, Upper Peninsula Michigan part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Judy McIlrath, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Judy McIlrath, Len Vacher, and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students calculate the amount of rock removed and the value of copper produced at the great Keweenaw District up to 1925.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Unit conversions, Units and Dimensions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, Percent (format), Simple Formulas
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Geology, Geology:Rocks & Minerals, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Environmental Science

Flood Days and Good Canoeing Days at Congaree National Park part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Mark C. Rains (University of South Florida), David C. Shelley (National Parks Service) and Len Vacher (University of South Florida) Cover page by Len Vacher, University of South Florida
SSAC Geology of National Parks module/Geology of National Parks course. Students calculate probabilities using USGS hydrograph data, a spreadsheet of daily stage heights, and the COUNTIF function.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Probability, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability
Excel Skills: Logic Functions, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Basic Arithmetic, Logic Functions:COUNTIF
Subject: Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Environmental Science

Spreadsheet Warm Up for SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules, 2: Elementary Spreadsheet Manipulations and Graphing Tasks part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Dorien McGee, Meghan Lindsay, Len Vacher, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. The second of two tutorials. Focuses on modifying spreadsheets (e.g., copy/paste, insert, sort) and creating and modifying graphs.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, XY scatter plots, Pie charts, Line graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:Line Graph, XY Scatterplot, Pie Chart, Bar Graph, Other Manipulations and Functions:Data/Sort

What is the Discharge of the Congaree River at Congaree National Park? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Denise Davis, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students use a rating curve to determine discharge at various stage heights.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines , Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Goodness of fit (R2), Line- and curve-fitting, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data , Geometry; Trigonometry :Squares and rectangles, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot, Other Elementary Math Functions:LOG, LOG10, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Log Scale, Basic Arithmetic
Subject: Environmental Science:Ecosystem Monitoring, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Resource Use & Consequences:Land Use & Planning, Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science

Nitrate Levels in the Rock Creek Park Watershed, Washington DC, 1: Measures of Central Tendency part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Mark C. Rains and Len Vacher, University of South Florida Marian Norris, National Parks Service, Center for Urban Ecology Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students examine the histogram of a positively skewed data set and calculate its mean, median and mode.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines , Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Median; mode, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Mean
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts, Statistical Functions, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Statistical Functions:One array, One array:MODE, AVERAGE, MEDIAN, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot
Subject: Earth & Space Science, Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science:Ecosystem Monitoring, Resource Use & Consequences, Environmental Science, Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Environmental Science:Human Populations

Something is Askew at Mammoth Cave National Park part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Amie O. West, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Amie O. West, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students use the geometric mean and multiplicative standard deviation to examine the right-skewed distribution of nutrient concentrations in water-quality data at Mammoth Cave National Park.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Normal distribution, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Descriptive statistics; trend lines , Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Median; mode, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Mean, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Visual display of data :Reading graphs
Excel Skills: Statistical Functions, Logic Functions, IF, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, GEOMEAN, HARMEAN, STDEV, STDEVP, etc, Other Elementary Math Functions:LOG, LOG10, Basic Arithmetic, Statistical Functions:One array:MEDIAN
Subject: Earth & Space Science, Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity

What are the Winds Blowing into Mammoth Cave? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Dorien K. McGee, University of South Florida Bobby Carson and Jonathan Jernigan, Mammoth Cave National Park Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Amie O. West, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students estimate the net volume of pollutants flowing into the Houchin's Narrows entrance of Mammoth Cave using actual air-flow and air-quality data from the park.

Subject: Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Air Quality


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