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7, 8, 9: Coffee and Crime
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This task addresses many standards regarding the description and analysis of bivariate ... More

This task addresses many standards regarding the description and analysis of bivariate quantitative data, including regression and correlation. Students should recognize that the pattern shown is one of a strong, positive, linear association, and thus a correlation coefficient value near +1 is plausible. Students should also be able to interpret the slope of the least-squares line as an estimated increase in y per unit change in x (and thus for a 3 unit increase in x, students should expect an estimated increase in y that equals 3 times the model's slope value). Less

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Accuracy of Carbon 14 Dating I
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This task examines, from a mathematical and statistical point of view, how ... More

This task examines, from a mathematical and statistical point of view, how scientists measure the age of organic materials by measuring the ratio of Carbon 14 to Carbon 12. The focus here is on the statistical nature of such dating. This task addresses a very important issue about precision in reporting and understanding statements in a realistic scientific context. Less

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Balloons & Buoyancy
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Experiment with a helium balloon, a hot air balloon, or a rigid ... More

Experiment with a helium balloon, a hot air balloon, or a rigid sphere filled with different gases. Discover what makes some balloons float and others sink. Less

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
University of Colorado Boulder
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Block Scheduling
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In this task, output is given from a computer-generated simulation, generating size-100 ... More

In this task, output is given from a computer-generated simulation, generating size-100 samples of data from an assumed school population of 2000 students under hypotheses about the true distribution of yes/no voters. Less

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Bob's Bagel Shop
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The purpose of this task is to assess a student's ability to ... More

The purpose of this task is to assess a student's ability to compute and interpret an expected value. Notice that interpreting expected value requires thinking in terms of a long-run average. Less

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Build-your-own Hardy Weinberg Calculator
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Using this lesson worksheet, computers and a simple programming interface, students step ... More

Using this lesson worksheet, computers and a simple programming interface, students step through and build a simple program to sequentially calculate all of the variables in the Hardy Weinberg equations. By building the program in sequence it is hoped that students will learn the sequence to solve a Hardy Weinberg problem and appreciate the value and power of computer number crunching capabilities as well as sequential programming considerations. Less

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Build-your-own Valence Finder
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By building a program to determine the valence of ANY element on ... More

By building a program to determine the valence of ANY element on the first three rows of the Periodic table, students learn the steps to solve the problem while learning how to program logic and think about processing data in sequence. NOTE: The worksheet includes the option of letting students create a bug that they have to fix. Less

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Changing the Density of a Liquid- Adding Salt
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In this activity, students will see that a carrot slice sinks in ... More

In this activity, students will see that a carrot slice sinks in fresh water and floats in saltwater. Considering the placement of the carrot slice in water and salt water, students will infer that the density of salt water must be greater than the density of fresh water. As a challenge, students will adjust the density of the salt water until they get the carrot slice to hover somewhere in the middle of the cup. Less

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Changing the Density of an Object: Adding Material
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How do you make an object float when it ordinarily sinks?In this ... More

How do you make an object float when it ordinarily sinks?In this activity, students see that a can of regular cola sinks while a can of diet cola floats. As a demonstration, bubble wrap is taped to the can of regular cola to make it float. This high-volume but light-weight material increases the volume of the object more than it increases the weight. This decreases the density enough for the can-and-bubble wrap object to float. Students will use this idea to make an object that is more dense than water float. Less

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Collecting Climate Data
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This professional development article identifies resources that show young learners (K-grade 5) ... More

This professional development article identifies resources that show young learners (K-grade 5) how scientists study Earth's climate and make predictions. The online lessons either allow students to collect and analyze data or learn about tools and technologies that make data collection possible. The lessons are aligned with national content standards for science education. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which examines the recognized essential principles of climate literacy and the climate sciences for elementary teachers and their students. Less

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Reference
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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
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Comparing the Density of Different Liquids
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How do the densities of vegetable oil, water, and corn syrup help ... More

How do the densities of vegetable oil, water, and corn syrup help them to form layers in a cup? How do the densities of vegetable oil, water, and corn syrup help them to form layers in a cup? Students will carefully pour vegetable oil, water, and corn syrup in any order into a cup and discover that regardless of the order they are poured, the liquids arrange themselves in layers the same way. Students will then weigh the liquids and use their results, along with what they understand about density, to explain why the liquids form layers as they do. Less

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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Data Discovery Lessons
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The lessons posted on this site were designed to engage students with ... More

The lessons posted on this site were designed to engage students with real-world data relevant to content taught in middle school and high school science courses, and to foster an understanding of ways in which they might gather organize, analyze and interpret the data in order to draw scientifically valid inferences, interpretations and conclusions. Most of the labs use computer-based technology of spreadsheet programs or the Python programming interface. The Python lessons guide students in computational thinking to create simple programs to manipulate data. The lessons also provide students (and teachers) with instructions and guidance in the use of these technologies. Teacher and Student worksheets, as well as any supporting files, are linked to from links at the top of each lesson webpage as well as from the downloads page ("downloads" link on the scrolling menu to the left). Less

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A Different Kind of Fuel
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In this segment from Curious, learn about creating energy from solar rays ... More

In this segment from Curious, learn about creating energy from solar rays to meet the growing energy needs of the world. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. Less

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Economics
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PBS Learning Media
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Do You Fit In This Car?
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This task requires students to use the normal distribution as a model ... More

This task requires students to use the normal distribution as a model for a data distribution. Students must use given means and standard deviations to approximate population percentages. There are several ways (tables, graphing calculators, or statistical software) that students might calculate the required normal percentages. Depending on the method used, answers might vary somewhat from those shown in the solution. Less

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Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter: Annotating Change in Satellite Images
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This activity of the Earth Exploration Toolbook walks users through a technique ... More

This activity of the Earth Exploration Toolbook walks users through a technique for documenting change in before-and-after sets of satellite images. The technique can be used for any set of time-series images that are spatially registered to show the exact same area at the same scale. In the chapter, users examine three Landsat images of the Pearl River delta in southeastern China. In the images, users observe changes in land use over time, then identify and outline areas of new land that were created by dredging sediments from the river bottom. The final product is an annotated image that highlights new land and indicates when it was created. Less

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Chemistry
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
SERC at Carlton College
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Earth Exploration Toolbook (SERC)
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LuAnn Dahlman
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