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An Arm and a Leg
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As an introduction to bioengineering, student teams are given the engineering challenge to design and build prototype artificial limbs using a simple syringe system and limited resources. As part of a NASA lunar mission scenario, they determine which substance, water (liquid) or air (gas), makes the appendages more efficient.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Astronomy Picture of the Day Looking Back at an Eclipsed Earth
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The phenomenon is the shadow of the moon as seen in an image taken from the Mir Space Station on August 11, 1999 during a total solar eclipse across Europe. A text explanation of a solar eclipse with hyperlinks to other websites and images accompanies the image.

Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Jerry Bonnell
Mir 27 Crew
Robert Nemiroff
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Astronomy Picture of the Day - Lunation
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The phenomenon is a series of photos of the moon taken daily during one lunar cycle. The photos show the various phases of the moon as seen from Earth and show that the moon has a slight wobble during its elliptical orbit. The photos also show the slight change in appearance of the moon's size during its orbit and show that the same side of the moon is always seen from Earth.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Antonio Cidadao
Jerry Bonnell
Robert Nemiroff
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Basic Vector Space Methods in Signal and Systems Theory
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Linear algebra, vector space methods, and functional analysis are a powerful setting for many topics in engineering, science (including social sciences), and business. This collection starts with the simple idea of a matrix times a vector and develops tools and interpretations for many signal processing and system analysis and design methods.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Full Course
Reading
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
C. Sidney Burrus
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Beginning Lesson on Coordinate Grids-First Quadrant
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Students will investigate the first quadrant of the Cartesian coordinate system. They will use online activities developed by Shodor.org to identify the coordinates of points, or plot specific points. Then students will progress to an activity where they direct a robot through a mine field laid out on the coordinate plane. Permission has been granted for the use of the materials as part of the workshop - "Interactivate Your Bored Math Students" by Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Bonnie Boaz
Date Added:
08/09/2001
Congress and the American Political System II, Fall 2005
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This course analyzes the development of the United States Congress by focusing on the competing theoretical lenses through which legislatures have been studied. In particular, it compares sociological and economic models of legislative behavior, applying those models to floor decision-making, committee behavior, political parties, relations with other branches of the Federal government, and elections. Graduate students are expected to pursue the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research. This course analyzes the development of the United States Congress by focusing on the competing theoretical lenses through which legislatures have been studied. In particular, it compares sociological and economic models of legislative behavior, applying those models to floor decision-making, committee behavior, political parties, relations with other branches of the Federal government, and elections. Graduate students are expected to pursue the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research.

Subject:
Political Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Stewart, Charles
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Considering Trade-Offs and Maximizing Efficiency in a Fast Food Restaurant
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Students are introduced to the idea of improving efficiency by examining a setting that is familiar to many teenagers fast food restaurants. More specifically, they learn about the concepts of trade-offs, constraints, increasing efficiency and systems thinking. They consider how to improve efficiency in a struggling restaurant through delegating tasks, restructuring employee responsibilities and revising a floor plan, all while working within limitations and requirements. Finally, students summarize and defend their suggested changes in argumentative essays.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Alex Mejia
Amy A. Wilson
Christina Sias
Date Added:
10/14/2015
The Cosmic Perspective: Phases of the Moon
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The representation is an interactive animation that portrays the sun, the Earth, and a person standing upon the Earth. The interactive animation is found in resource section Lesson 2: Time of Day and Horizons. The animation and accompanying text pose a variety of scenarios addressing the causes of nighttime and daytime. Also included is a form of assessment in which the resource asks students to orient the Earth to portray situations such as noon or sunrise being experienced by the person shown.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Daily Change in the Moon's Position
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The representation depicts the position and appearance of the Moon in the sky as viewed at the same time on nine consecutive nights.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Charles Burrows
Date Added:
11/06/2014
The Earth-Moon Barycenter
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The representation depicts the moon's orbit around the Earth by marking days along the orbital path. The resource also shows the gravitational center of the moon-Earth system and the gravitational center of the Earth-moon system, indicating the direction toward the sun.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Earth-Sun Geometry - Earth Revolution Animation
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The representation is an animation of the Earth revolving around the sun. The Earth is shown as a solid green sphere with the equator and arctic circle marked with black lines and the dark side of the Earth shaded. The Earth's axis is shown with a red line. As the Earth revolves around the sun, the axis is shown to always be pointing in the same direction. The positions of Earth at the winter solstice, vernal equinox, summer solstice, and autumnal equinox are labeled.

Subject:
Education
Geometry
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Dr. Michael Pidwirny
Scott Jones University of British Columbia Okanagan
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Earth System: Satellites
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This video segment adapted from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows how integral satellites are to everyday life and describes the different types, including orbital and geostationary. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Education
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Earth's Yearly Revolution Around Sun
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The representation depicts the Earth revolving around the sun. The animation shows the tilt of earth's axis and shows that the tilt of the axis points in the same direction throughout the yearly revolution. The animation can be viewed from an oblique view and from a top view, includes optional labels of the months, can be started and stopped at any point in the revolution, and shows the amount of earth that receives light from the sun at all times during the revolution.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Jennifer Loomis, TERC
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Eclipsed Moon and Stars
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The phenomenon is a digitally enhanced photograph of an eclipse occurring on May 23, 2003, taken midway through the eclipse. Accompanying the photograph is text with words hyperlinked to other resources.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Jay Ouellet
Jerry Bonnell
Robert Nemiroff
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Eclipses (select Lunar Eclipse in the bottom right corner)
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The representation depicts the top view and side view of the Earth and moon, as well as the view of the moon as seen from Earth, during a lunar eclipse. The user can adjust the tilt of the Moon's orbital plane, increase or decrease the distance between the moon and Earth, and increase or decrease the apparent size of the moon.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Foundations of Political Science, Spring 2005
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This course continues from the fall semester. The course introduces students to the fundamental theories and methods of modern political science through the study of a small number of major books and articles that have been influential in the field. This semester, the course focuses on American and comparative politics.

Subject:
Political Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Petersen, Roger
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Fun with Air-Powered Pneumatics
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Working as engineering teams in this introductory pneumatics lab, students design and build working pneumatic (air-powered) systems. The goal is to create systems that launch balls into the air. They record and analyze data from their launches.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Alyssa Burger
and Melissa Schreifels
Jacob Givand
Jeffrey Schreifels
Will Durfee
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Galileo: Sun-Centered System
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In the early 1600s, most people believed that the Sun revolved around a stationary Earth. This video segment adapted from NOVA tells how Galileo proved that the Sun, not Earth, is at the center of our universe. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Education
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Introduction to Legal System
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The purpose of this paper is to give an introduction of Swiss Legal System. After the discussion of some facts and a very short glimpse at the historical events that led to the founding of the Switzerland. It focuses on main features of direct democracy in Switzerland, the legislation process, the publication of federal laws, and the citation and publication of the case law are examined.

Subject:
Law
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Digvijay Singh
Introduction to the Solar System - Sample Syllabus
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This sample syllabus for a course on planets, exoplanets, and SETI (using the OpenStax Astronomy textbook) may help beginning instructors think through what sorts of things they might want to put on a syllabus. It can also provide guidance on how to select key sections of the textbook for a course that doesn’t have time to cover everything.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Syllabus
Author:
Andrew Fraknoi
Date Added:
07/13/2017
Intro to Systems of Linear Equations
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In this activity, students write and solve a system of two linear equations to explore the numerical and graphical meaning of "solution." The activity closes by asking students to apply what they've learned to similar situations.

Subject:
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Shawn Dykstra
Date Added:
11/27/2017
Logic II, Spring 2004
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This course begins with an introduction to the theory of computability, then proceeds to a detailed study of its most illustrious result: Kurt GĚŚdel's theorem that, for any system of true arithmetical statements we might propose as an axiomatic basis for proving truths of arithmetic, there will be some arithmetical statements that we can recognize as true even though they don't follow from the system of axioms. In my opinion, which is widely shared, this is the most important single result in the entire history of logic, important not only on its own right but for the many applications of the technique by which it's proved. We'll discuss some of these applications, among them: Church's theorem that there is no algorithm for deciding when a formula is valid in the predicate calculus; Tarski's theorem that the set of true sentence of a language isn't definable within that language; and GĚŚdel's second incompleteness theorem, which says that no consistent system of axioms can prove its own consistency.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
Linguistics
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
McGee, Vann
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Lunar Phases Interactive
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The representation depicts the moon's rotation around the Earth and the corresponding view from a single point on the Earth as time elapses. The representation has 4 animated components: 1) A view of rotating earth and moon, shown from above 2) A clock face showing the passage of time 3) An view from Earth of the of sky, sun and moon and changing to indicate day and night views 4) A 28-day calendar The four components interactively depict lunar phases over 28 day cycle.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Microscopic Anatomy
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In this course, the student will study microscopic anatomy. The course begins with an overview of basic cell structure follow by an explanation of how single cells come together to make up tissues. The student will then study each of the organ systems in the body, understanding how these tissues fit together structurally to form organs and organ systems that carry out specific functions. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: differentiate among the types of microscopy and describe the importance of microscopes in microscopic anatomy; correctly use the compound light microscope with a working knowledge of the function of each part; identify the organelles within a eukaryotic cell and list the basic function of each; compare and contrast meiosis and mitosis, identifying the steps of each in microscopic images; outline what makes each epithelial, connective, nervous, and muscle tissue unique, where each is found within the body, and how each interacts with other tissue types; point out circulatory system features, including intercalated disks and valves, as well as the differences among different vessel types; identify the cells found in blood and the role of each; define how the tissues and anatomical features that make up the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems come together structurally to support the function of these organ systems; identify the features of the epidermis and dermis of the skin, including the cells, layers, glands, and other features of each layer; explain how the structural arrangement of the lymphatic system and lymph node supports its physiological role of filtering; compare and contrast the structural arrangement of spongy and compact bone; map out the path of plasma filtrate as it moves through the neuron and into the ureter, bladder, and urethra, identifying what types of cells are located in each part; describe the basic structure of endocrine organs, including the reproductive organs; identify what features make special senses tissue unique. (Biology 406)

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Date Added:
11/16/2011
Moon Phases
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The representation described is an activity using a ball to represent the moon and a light bulb to represent the Earth to demonstrate how the moon phase changes as it revolves around the Earth. Small diagrams and text lead a student through the steps involved in reconstructing the activity and describe the moon phase shown at each time. Other elements of the resource not reviewed here include a series of unordered photographs of moon phases and an animated GIF image of the moon phases over a month's time.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Moon Shadow Over Africa
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The phenomenon is a series of images of the Moon's shadow passing across Africa during a total solar eclipse in summer 2001. It is accompanied by text from NASA describing where within the shadow a total eclipse would occur. The movie was created from frames taken by a European satellite.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Jerry Bonnell
Robert Nemiroff
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Moon Shadow: What causes a solar eclipse?
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The representation depicts a total solar eclipse through a series of animated screens. A title image shows a solar eclipse and three animations depict the moon and its tilted orbit rotating around the Earth, the moon's penumbra and umbra shadow on the Earth, and an interactive slide exploring the solar eclipse along the path of the moon's shadow on the Earth.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Date Added:
11/06/2014
NXT Ball Shooter
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This activity helps students understand how a motor in a LEGO MINDSTORMS(TM) NXT robot uses electricity produced by the battery to move a robot to do useful work in the form of throwing a ball. Students relate the concepts of electricity and battery to the movement of the LEGO NXT motor and connected links.

Subject:
Engineering
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ajay Nair
Kalyani Upendram
Satish Nair
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Ocean Water Desalination
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Students learn about the techniques engineers have developed for changing ocean water into drinking water, including thermal and membrane desalination. They begin by reviewing the components of the natural water cycle. They see how filters, evaporation and/or condensation can be components of engineering desalination processes. They learn how processes can be viewed as systems, with unique objects, inputs, components and outputs, and sketch their own system diagrams to describe their own desalination plant designs.

Subject:
Engineering
Hydrology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Carleigh Samson
Denise W. Carlson
Juan Ramirez Jr.
Stephanie Rivale
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Phases of the Moon
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The representation is a drawing showing the Earth in the center and the moon in 8 positions of its orbit around Earth. Arrows indicate that the sun is the light source that is located off to the left, outside of the diagram area. The lit portion of the moon is shown as white, while the dark portion is black. Green bars show the far side of the moon that is not visible from Earth at any time in its orbit. There is accompanying text to help explain the phases of the moon. When one clicks on the image to get the full-size version, numbered drawings of the moon appear at the bottom of the diagram to indicate how the moon looks from Earth during each of the eight positions shown in its orbit.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Phases of the Moon Demonstration
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The representation depicts the Earth and moon from above, the moon as seen from Earth, and includes a calendar depicting how the moon's motion around the Earth changes what part of the moon is seen from Earth. The pattern repeats on a monthly cycle, and the user can select the phase being viewed by clicking on a generic calendar.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Date Added:
11/06/2014