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GeoMaths - 1st Level Modules
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University of College London hosts a site of notation and reference material ...

University of College London hosts a site of notation and reference material on math skills in the context of geoscience. These exercises provide realistic geologic scenarios and work through examples, with notation on the math used to solve them. Examples include using trigonometry to find the true width of strata, logarithms to understand the Richter scale, and vectors to find plate velocities at a triple junction. Relevant vocabulary is linked to a glossary of mathematical terms. Many of the modules link to a MathHelp page for explanation of techniques used, and then come back to the geologic scenario to finish the problem. This resource is part of the Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/quantskills/

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Trigonometry
Geology
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Rowena Bowles
Sustainable Agriculture Resources and Programs for K-12 Youth
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This 16-page (PDF) guide to sustainable agriculture-oriented educational opportunities for schoolchildren features ...

This 16-page (PDF) guide to sustainable agriculture-oriented educational opportunities for schoolchildren features more than 50 programs and curricula nationwide, from "Growing Minds," a program linking the garden and agriculture in Appalachia, to "French Fries and the Food System," a year-round curriculum focusing on ways youth can better understand land and local food systems. Includes direct links, program contact information and ideas for integrating lessons into school programs.

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Environmental Science
Agriculture
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
WWW Animations of the Climate Research Unit-UK Temperature Record: 1856 to 1997
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NOAA Paleoclimatology program provides six different animations of Climate Research Unit (CRU) ...

NOAA Paleoclimatology program provides six different animations of Climate Research Unit (CRU) temperature data. Data can be used to view globally mapped temperature for the time period of available data (1856 to 1997). In each case, temperature anomalies (composed to the period 1961 to 1990) are mapped (from website).

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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Math2.org (Formerly "Dave's Math Tables")
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This general math site offers reference material on a host of math ...

This general math site offers reference material on a host of math topics, plus a math message board and links to relevant material online. The tables cover a range of math skills, from basic fraction-decimal conversion to the more advanced calculus and discrete math. The information is presented in notation form, with diagrams, graphs, and tables. The site is available in English, Spanish, and French. This resource is part of the Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/quantskills/

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Functions
Geometry
Trigonometry
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Activity/Lab
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Author:
David Manura
GeoMaths - 2nd Level Modules
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The highest level of math on the University College London's GeoMath site, ...

The highest level of math on the University College London's GeoMath site, this covers skills such as complex numbers, partial differentiation, matrices, advanced vectors, and probability. Each section features a menu of topics and links to a glossary. Many have geology-based examples, using the mathematical skill within a realistic scenario. This resource is part of the Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/quantskills/

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Geology
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Activity/Lab
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Author:
Rowena Bowles
Teaching Structural Geology in the 21st Century
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This site from the "On the Cutting Edge" workshop series contains a ...

This site from the "On the Cutting Edge" workshop series contains a collection of activities that can be used in undergraduate structural geology courses. The collection includes lab exercises, classroom activities, problem sets and more.

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Reading
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Dave Mogk
Teaching Hydrogeology in the 21st Century
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This site from the "The On the Cutting Edge" workshop series features ...

This site from the "The On the Cutting Edge" workshop series features a wealth of ideas, teaching examples and web-based resources that are useful for teaching undergraduate hydrogeology.

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Environmental Science
Hydrology
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Reading
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Dave Mogk
Teaching Petrology in the 21st Century
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This site is a clearinghouse for a variety of educational and supporting ...

This site is a clearinghouse for a variety of educational and supporting materials for teaching igneous and metamorphic petrology. Some features of the site are a collection of classroom and laboratory activities, teaching materials such as lecture notes and Power Point presentations, a database of geochemical instruments available for use at various institutions, a collection of petrology syllabi, and listserv discussion groups. These collections reflect the contributions of faculty members from across the country, and will continue to grow as new materials and tools are developed.

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Geology
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Reading
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Author:
David Mogk
External Symmetry of Crystals, 32 Crystal Classes
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This site is a lecture by Dr. Stephen Nelson from Tulane University ...

This site is a lecture by Dr. Stephen Nelson from Tulane University that explores the 32 possible combinations of symmetry operations that define the external symmetry of crystals. The lecture defines the six crystal systems (triclinic, monoclinic, orthorhombic, tetragonal, hexagonal, and isometric) and explains the derivation of the Hermann-Mauguin symbols (also called the international symbols) used to describe the crystal classes from the symmetry content. Tables and illustrations accompany the text.

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Geology
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Tulane University
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Earth and Environmental Sciences 2120: Petrology
Author:
Stephen Nelson
Algebra.help - Simplifying expressions/equations with exponents
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Follow this lesson to review basic exponent manipulation. Worksheets, further lessons, and ...

Follow this lesson to review basic exponent manipulation. Worksheets, further lessons, and lists of resources are also available. This resource is part of the Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/quantskills/

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Algebra
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Activity/Lab
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Allies and Aliens
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In the learning module Allies and Aliens students assume the role of ...

In the learning module Allies and Aliens students assume the role of agents from planet Earth who must assess varying degrees of prejudice and misinformation as they visit Web sites from other planets. Because most kids don't think to look for bias or false information online and subtle forms of racism may be difficult to recognize, Allies and Aliens uses the pretense of an evaluation mission to keep players from guessing its true purpose right away. The mission is divided into two parts. On Day One, students encounter information with little direction. On Day Two, the module's purpose becomes apparent. Allies and Aliens aims to teach students the basics about bias, stereotyping, misinformation and propaganda techniques, on the Internet and in other media. It also helps students to understand the difference between fact and opinion, and the importance of authenticating online information. The challenges of this module will ultimately sharpen students' research skills as well as their critical thinking skills. The experience will teach them to recognize viewpoint, bias, and manipulation -- online and off.

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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Animation of Wave Motion
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This Flash animation illustrates wave motion, or the movement of energy through ...

This Flash animation illustrates wave motion, or the movement of energy through water. Users can stop, play, fast forward and rewind the animation at any time. This visualization is one of several animations in a series developed as a component of Exploring Earth, a website that supports the textbook Earth Science.

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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Anorthosites
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This 11-slide PowerPoint presentation presents a short succession of schematic diagrams illustrating ...

This 11-slide PowerPoint presentation presents a short succession of schematic diagrams illustrating the structural evolution of anorthosites. The slides discuss the relative abundance of rare earth elements, describe six types of anorthosite occurrence, and contain pictures showing anorthositic texture. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html

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Geology
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Reading
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Author:
John Winter
Asbestiform Fibers: Non-occupational Health Risks
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Much of the more than 30 million tons of asbestos used in ...

Much of the more than 30 million tons of asbestos used in the United States since 1900 is still present as insulation in offices and schools, as vinyl-asbestos flooring in homes, and in other common products. This book presents a comprehensive evaluation of the relation of these fibers to specific diseases and the extent of non-occupational risks associated with them. It covers sources of asbestiform fibers, properties of the fibers, and carcinogenic and fibrogenic risks they pose. The book may be read online, printed, or purchased from the site.

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Environmental Science
Biology
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Reading
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Atmosphere Animations
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This site features Java Applet, QuickTime, and Flash animations that illustrate characteristics ...

This site features Java Applet, QuickTime, and Flash animations that illustrate characteristics and functions of the atmosphere. They show how atmospheric temperature, pressure, and density change with respect to changing altitude, the way different kinds of radiation (x-ray, ultraviolet, visible, and infrared) act in various levels of the atmosphere (troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere/ionosphere), how oxygen gas and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) interact with ultraviolet radiation to create and deplete ozone, and the manner in which radiation is trapped in the atmosphere, causing the greenhouse effect and global warming. The animations can be paused and rewound to stress important points. These resources are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.

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Atmospheric Science
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Reading
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Atmospheric Aerosols
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This NASA site explains the three major types of atmospheric aerosols - ...

This NASA site explains the three major types of atmospheric aerosols - volcanic emissions, desert dust, and anthropogenic aerosols - and how they affect global climate. The site discusses the generation and atmospheric distribution of these aerosols, as well as the chemical and physical processes by which they create global cooling.

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Atmospheric Science
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Atmospheric Heating Animations
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This site features a QuickTime animation with audio, a series of Java ...

This site features a QuickTime animation with audio, a series of Java applets, and an MPEG that illustrate various aspects of atmospheric heating. They explain Earth's radiation balance, show the user how to draw temperature contours, and depict the basic idea of an urban heat island. These resources portray a variety of environments and are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.

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Atmospheric Science
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Atmospheric Moisture Animations
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This site features GIFs, Java applets, MPEGs, and Flash animations that illustrate ...

This site features GIFs, Java applets, MPEGs, and Flash animations that illustrate various forms of precipitation and moisture. They include an animation of air parcels and water vapor colliding with condensation nuclei which results in condensation and cloud formation, an interactive precipitation animation applet that allows the user to set wet and dry bulb temperatures to see if snow, ice, freezing rain, sleet, super cooled droplets, raindrops, or drizzle will fall, an animation of lake effect snow over the Great Lakes, and infrared satellite images of water vapor moving across the US. These resources portray a variety of environments and are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.

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Atmospheric Science
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Atmospheric Pressure and Wind Animations
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This site features Flash and QuickTime animations that illustrate diurnal changes in ...

This site features Flash and QuickTime animations that illustrate diurnal changes in wind patterns along coasts due to unequal heating of the land and water, the Coriolis Effect on the Earth's surface and in the context of everyday weather patterns, and global circulation, temperature, and wind patterns. The animations can be paused and rewound to stress important points. These resources are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.

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Atmospheric Science
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NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Axial Ratios, Parameters, Miller Indices
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This site is a lecture about crystal structure from Dr. Stephen Nelson ...

This site is a lecture about crystal structure from Dr. Stephen Nelson at Tulane University. Topics include axial ratios, intercepts of crystal faces (Weiss Parameters), determination of the Miller Index of a crystal, the modified notation of hexagonal systems, which is referred to as Miller-Bravais Indices, and using the Miller Index notation to designate crystal forms. Tables and illustrations accompany the text.

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Tulane University
Provider Set:
Earth and Environmental Sciences 2120: Petrology
Author:
Stephen Nelson