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Animals in Motion
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In this lesson, learners use a Flash animation running in a browser to study how animals and humans move. Students examine images captured by Eadweard Muybridge in the late nineteenth century; by starting, slowing, and stopping the animation, learners gain valuable insights into biomechanics of bipeds and quadrupeds.

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Education
Life Science
Biology
Astronomy
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UCAR Staff
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Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Bits of Bugs
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In this lesson, learners measure the lengths of various insect body parts from scanning electron micrographs using WebImage, a Web-based customized version of ImageJ. The lesson introduces students to setting scale in making the measurements and to units of measurement, as well as entomology.

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Education
Life Science
Biology
Mathematics
Astronomy
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Breathing Lessons
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Here learners investigate, diagnose, and assess the severity of emphysema in the lungs of three patients using transverse CT images of the upper and lower lungs. Students use the imaging software WebImage, a Web-based customized version of ImageJ, to determine the area of "dead air" in each section and hence the extent of emphysema.

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Education
Life Science
Biology
Astronomy
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UCAR Staff
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Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Cyber Sleuth
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In this lesson, learners use a Web-based customized version of ImageJ to investigate the properties of digital images as they relate to forensic science. Several images are taken from criminal evidence (ATM documents, license plates, etc.), but require image enhancement to reveal full detail. A set of micrographs of hair samples is also provided, and, after classifying and measuring the samples, students are able to identify the suspect most likely to have been at the crime scene.

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Astronomy
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Simulation
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UCAR Staff
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Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Hand it to the Animals
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In this lesson, learners examine X-ray images of the "hands" of different animals and then determine the function of each hand from its form. The images are viewed and analyzed with a Web-based customized version of ImageJ.

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Education
Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Biology
Astronomy
Physics
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Simulation
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UCAR Staff
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Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Hole in the Sky
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In this lesson, students use a Web-based customized version of ImageJ to examine images of atmospheric ozone levels over the South Pole to determine the months of lowest ozone levels and changes in ozone levels since 1979. Some of the causes for the decline in ozone are introduced.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
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Simulation
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UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Hurricane Central
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In this lesson, learners use a Web-based version of ImageJ to examine images of Hurricane Katrina as it moved through the Gulf of Mexico in August 2005. Students explore infrared radiation, water vapor, and visible radiation, and use images captured by the NOAA GOES satellite to plot and measure the path of Katrina.

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Education
Astronomy
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physical Geography
Physics
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UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Muscle Loss in Space
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In this activity students measure the change in the area of calf muscle from transverse MRI images collected from an astronaut before and after a prolonged journey in space. They measure and compare the total area of calf muscle from before and after flight to determine if muscle loss has occurred. The lesson introduces some reasons for the muscle loss, measures to reduce the loss, and other effects of space flight. Students perform the image analysis with WebImage, a customized version of ImageJ running in a browser.

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Education
Life Science
Biology
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
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Simulation
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UCAR Staff
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Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Photo Fixes
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Here learners use WebImage, a Web-based customized version of ImageJ, (a) to investigate the nature of fading in old photographs and (b) to correct it digitally. Several digital images of faded photographs are provided, and, with a simple technique, students can enhance the brightness and contrast of the images. This lesson introduces students to simple image arithmetic with opportunities to perform and evaluate each operation.

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Mathematics
Astronomy
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UCAR Staff
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Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Planetary Gallery
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In this lesson, learners examine images of the Sun, the Moon, Pluto, and all eight planets in the Solar System. Students determine the diameter of each object from a scale bar provided with each image and then rank the objects in order of size. Using a customized version of ImageJ running as an applet, students are introduced to setting scale and units of measurement.

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Education
Mathematics
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
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Simulation
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UCAR Staff
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Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Ramps and Ratios
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In this activity students view and analyze images of ramps and steps to see if they conform to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students measure horizontal and vertical distances and compute the percent slope for each image. Image measurements are performed using WebImage, a Web-based, customized version of ImageJ.

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Education
Mathematics
Astronomy
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Diagram/Illustration
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UCAR Staff
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Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
SIMPLE Science - Earth and Space Science Home
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The Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science) aims to create resources for middle and high school that emphasize image processing and analysis techniques while at the same time meet educational standards. The collection features tutorials that (a)guide students through case studies replicating research conducted by leading imaging scientists and (b)explain key concepts in imaging science. This is the entry for the Earth and space science section.

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Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
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UCAR Staff
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Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Slice of Pi
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This lesson uses WebImage, a Web-based customized version of ImageJ, to investigate the relationship between the circumference and diameter of a circle. Images of circular objects are provided, and, by measuring diameter and circumference, students are able to obtain an approximate value of Pi. They also explore the history behind Pi and how to find its value.

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Education
Mathematics
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
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Interactive
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Snow and Ice: A Hemispherical View
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In this lesson, learners compare snow and ice cover in the Northern Hemisphere over a period of two years. The images are obtained from measurements of visible and microwave radiation taken by satellites and sent back to Earth and are analyzed with a customized version of ImageJ running as an applet within a browser.

Subject:
Education
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
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Simulation
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Snow and Ice: The Sequel
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In this lesson, learners use WebImage, a Web-based customized version of ImageJ, to investigate changes in snow cover and sea ice in the Northern Hemisphere over a period of 24 years. The images are obtained from satellite measurements of visible and microwave radiation. The lesson follows from Snow and Ice: A Hemispherical View.

Subject:
Education
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Simulation
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Taking Temperatures
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In this lesson, learners investigate endothermy and ectothermy. Four sets of images measuring infrared radiation are provided and, using a Web-based, customized version of ImageJ, students compare body temperatures of a snake and rat before and after exposure under a heat lamp.

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Education
Life Science
Biology
Astronomy
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Simulation
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UCAR Staff
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Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)