SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules

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Glacier (?) National Park part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Judy McIlrath, 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:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Unit conversions, Estimation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science:Climate Change, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Atmospheric & Climate Science, Environmental Science:Global Change & Climate, Earth & Space Science
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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), Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, Geometry; Trigonometry :Squares and rectangles, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data , Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data
Excel Skills: Other Elementary Math Functions:LOG, LOG10, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Log Scale, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot, XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, Basic Arithmetic
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Geology, Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Ecosystem Monitoring, Resource Use & Consequences:Land Use & Planning, Environmental Science

Just How Faithful is Old Faithful? Finding Order in Random Behavior part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Tom Juster, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks Collection. Students create a histogram to examine the time between geyser eruptions of Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Rates, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Probability
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts, Statistical Functions:One array:COUNT, COUNTA, MAX, MIN, etc, Statistical Functions:One array, Statistical Functions
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Geology, Processes that Shape Earth's Surface, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Land Use & Planning, Earth & Space Science, Geology:Earthquakes & Volcanoes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Energy, Environmental Science, Resource Use & Consequences

What Does the Mean Mean? Describing Eruptions at Riverside Geyser, Yellowstone National Park part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Tom Juster, 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 study measures of central tendency in a bimodal dataset of eruption intervals.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Normal distribution, Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Median; mode, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Mean, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines
Excel Skills: Statistical Functions, One array, Graphs and Charts, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Statistical Functions:One array:MEDIAN, MODE, AVERAGE, COUNT, COUNTA, MAX, MIN, etc, Basic Arithmetic
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Geology:Earthquakes & Volcanoes, Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science

Deciviews from Look Rock, Great Smoky Mountains National Park: How Hazy is it? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
, 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:Unit conversions, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, Other Elementary Math Functions, LOG, LOG10, EXP, Basic Arithmetic
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science, Atmospheric & Climate Science, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Resource Use & Consequences, Resource Use & Consequences:Air Quality

Yellowstone! A National Park on a Hot Spot 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 module/Geology of National Parks course. Students use foundational math to study the velocity of the North American Plate over the hot spot, the volume of eruptive materials from it, and the recurrence interval of the cataclysmic eruptions.

Quantitative Concepts: Geometry; Trigonometry :Squares and rectangles, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Unit conversions, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Probability
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Geology:Plate Tectonics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Earth & Space Science:Geology:Earthquakes & Volcanoes, Earth & Space Science:Geology, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science, Ecosystem Monitoring

Comparing Stream Discharge in Two Watersheds in Glacier National Park part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Mark Rains, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students study how discharge per unit area varies with elevation in the high country of Glacier National Park from USGS hydrograph data from Swiftcurrent Creek and its tributary Grinnell Creek..

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty:Error; relative error, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, Units and Dimensions, Average; weighted average, Unit conversions, Rates, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation
Excel Skills: Statistical Functions, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Statistical Functions:One array, Basic Arithmetic, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas
Subject: Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences, Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water

Mapping Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise at Point Reyes National Seashore part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
, 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: Basic Arithmetic, Other Manipulations and Functions:Data/Sort, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, Other Manipulations and Functions, Statistical Functions
Subject: Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Global Change & Climate, Earth & Space Science:Atmospheric & Climate Science, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science, Earth & Space Science:Oceanography

Salmon Use of Geomorphically Restored Streams at Point Reyes National Seashore part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners::Examples
Module by: Mark Rains, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Len Vacher and Denise Davis, University of South Florida
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students work with salmon-trace streambed data to study whether removal of a spawning run barrier was effective

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts, Basic Arithmetic, Simple Formulas, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph
Subject: Earth & Space Science, Processes that Shape Earth's Surface, Environmental Science:Ecosystem Monitoring, Earth & Space Science:Ground & Surface Water, Environmental Science:Resource Use & Consequences:Water Quality & Quantity, Environmental Science

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


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