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2012 BFY Conference, W20: Frontiers in Contemporary Physics Education - Gold Nanoparticle Photoabsorption Lab Experiment & Handouts
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This file includes the lab manual write-up for the Au nanosphere and nanorod photoabsorption and scattering Lab experiment for the 2nd year Experimental Contemporary Physics Lab Course. In addition, several handouts are provided along with some additional information for instructors. This work was supported in part by by NSF Awards: ECCS #0701703, DMR #0707740 & DMR #1105121. The experiment can readily be upgraded to an advanced lab by giving more responsibility to the students for lab setup (give them an optical breadboard and parts) and by asking for more in-depth analysis and questions which require more knowledge and experimental skills to answer.

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Engineering
Technology
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Herbert Jaeger
Jan Yarrison-Rice
Khalid Eid
Date Added:
08/10/2012
3D Transmographer
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Build your own polygon and transform it in the Cartesian coordinate system. Experiment with reflections across any line, revolving around any line (which yields a 3-D image), rotations about any point, and translations in any direction.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Shodor
Provider Set:
NSDL Math Common Core
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Date Added:
10/30/2014
ANOVA for Regression
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This site, created by Michelle Lacey of Yale University, gives an explanation, a definition and an example of ANOVA for regression. Topics include analysis of variance calculations for simple and multiple regression, and F-statistics. This is a great overview of this topic.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Lacey, Michelle
Date Added:
01/05/2009
AP Biology 2006-2007 Professional Development Workshop Materials: Evolution and Change
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This resource is a collection of essays and materials designed to help AP Biology teachers understand the important role of evolution in a schoolí˘ŒóŒťs curriculum. These essays touch on a few topics from the life story of founding father, Charles Darwin; the historical process of the U.S. legal system and its influence on the teachings of evolution in classrooms; to the impact of evolutionary developmental biology on understanding the formulation of nature and its mechanisms for the world. These authors provide teachers with access to literature and internet links to a variety of sources that will promote the exploration of evolution in classrooms.

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Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Carolyn Bronston (The College Board;)
The College Board The College Board (The College Board ;)
Date Added:
10/24/2012
AP Biology Workshop: The Importance of Laboratory Work
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This is a collection of essays that highlights the benefits of conducting lab experiments as part of the AP Biology curriculum. It encourages teachers to continue using learning tools like technology in lab experiments to enhance the classroom experience for students.

Subject:
Technology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Carolyn Schofield (The College Board;)
The College Board The College Board (The College Board;)
Date Added:
10/24/2012
AP Investigative labs: An inquiry-base Approach Lab 3: Comparing DNA Sequences to Understand Evolutionary Relationships with BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool)
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In this lab, students use BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) to compare several genes, and then use the information to construct a cladogram (also called a phylogenetic tree) to depict the evolutionary relatedness of species.

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Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
The College Board The College Board (The College Board;)
Date Added:
10/23/2012
Abstract Algebra On Line
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From abelian group to zero divisor (definitions), and from Artin-Wedderburn theorem to Wedderburn's theorem, this site provides concise explanations of complex concepts in abstract algebra. Provided by Professor John A. Beachy of Northern Illinois University as a companion to two books he has written, it is designed as a handbook for students studying the topic. The site is accessible by chapter (twelve, including integers, polynomials, rings, and Galois Theory, among others), and by alphabetical indices of definitions and theorems. Note that the definitions include many symbols, represented as embedded .gif files.

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Education
Mathematics
Algebra
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Simulation
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Author:
Beachy, John.
Beachy, John A.
Blair, William D.
Date Added:
03/15/2007
Abstract Algebra: Online Study Guide
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This site from Northern Illinois University provides online notes for students using the Abstract Algebra textbook (which is also available online). The materials cover the topics of integers, functions, groups, polynomials, communicative rings, fields, structure of groups, Galois theory and unique factorization. Indexes of definitions and theorems are also available on the site.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Beachy, John A.
Blair, William D.
Date Added:
01/06/2011
Academic Earth
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Academic Earth provides videos of lectures by top scholars in "Subjects" that range from Astronomy to Entrepreneurship to Religion, from "Universities" as celebrated as MIT, Berkeley, Harvard, and Stanford. Visitors must register to view the lectures, but registration is free. There are over 1500 video lectures available, with more being added everyday. In addition to viewing the lectures available by subject or university, visitors can choose by "Instructors" or by "Playlists". When visitors click on "Playlists" at the top of the homepage, they will see a list of lectures by theme, by several different instructors, and a grade given to the lecture series. A good example is the 6-part lecture entitled "Understanding the Financial Crisis" by four different instructors. The series is given a grade overall, in this case, an A-, and when visitors click on "See all 6 lectures" at the bottom of the series' description, they will be taken to the page with the links to the individual lectures, as well as shown the grade given each individual lecture. Visitors can even keep a playlist of their favorite lectures or download the lectures. Visitors should definitely check out the Frequently Asked Questions page, accessible by the "FAQ" link at the bottom of the website.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
06/09/2009
The Academy of Natural Sciences: Educational Programs
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Includes information about the Academy of Natural Sciences educational programs: teacher resources, information for planning field trips to the museum and women in the natural sciences.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Accounting Review
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Pamela Peterson Drake, Professor of Finance at Florida Atlantic University, has prepared this site to ˘ď‹ďĐrefresh a student's accounting knowledge in preparation for further studies in finance.˘ď‹ď Topics on the site include the foundations of accounting, balance sheets, income statements, statements of cash flow, and additional disclosure. Each topic contains a thorough explanation with examples. At the end of the review, there is a quiz for visitors to test their knowledge of accounting basics. This is a useful resource for students in accounting services, and also for educators to incorporate into their classrooms with minimal or no adaptation to the review needed.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Peterson Drake, Pamela, 1954-
Date Added:
05/11/2007
Active Galaxies Pop-up book
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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The Active Galaxies pop-up book is a very large rectangular pop-up book with foldouts that was developed for use in classrooms for grades 5 and up and for special needs audiences. Active galaxies, a major scientific target for the GLAST mission, contain super-massive black holes at their cores, and sometimes emit jets of particles and light. When opened, a model of an active galaxy with jets pops up out of the center. One foldout contains explanatory information for the parts of the galaxy depicted in the central pop-up as well as a glossary, while the other contains a well-tested classroom activity: Tasty Active Galaxy. The back of the book features a cartoon story -How the Galaxy Got Its Jets.

Subject:
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Textbook
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
NASA
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
01/01/2010
Adjustable Spinner
Conditions of Use:
No Strings Attached
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This activity allows the user to explore experimental and theoretical probabilities by adding and removing sections of a circle. This is an interactive Java-based activity with suggested lessons and exploration questions.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Shodor
Provider Set:
NSDL Math Common Core
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Date Added:
07/12/2014
Advanced Fire
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Run a simulation of how a fire spreads through a stand of trees, learning about probability and chaos. Track the results of multiple burns and use the data to draw conclusions.

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Computing and Information
Mathematics
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Shodor
Provider Set:
NSDL Math Common Core
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Advanced Monty Hall
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Choose one of N doors to experimentally determine the odds of winning the grand prize behind one of the doors, as in the TV program "Let's Make a Deal." Parameters: Number of doors, number of trials, staying or switching between the two remaining doors.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Shodor
Provider Set:
NSDL Math Common Core
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Advanced Placement Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach Introduction (For teachers and for students)
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How to use a different approach to teaching biological concepts using inquiry-based investigations for students to develop reasoning skills essential to the science practices used throughout their study of biology. A more student-directed, inquiry-based lab experience supports the AP Biology course revision and curricular requirements by providing opportunities for students to design plans for experiments, data collection, application of mathematical routines, and refinement of testable explanations and predictions. The investigations are organized under four big ideas entitled: (1) evolution, cellular processes; (2) energy and communication; (3) genetics and information transfer; and (4) interactions.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
College Board College Board (College Board;)
Date Added:
10/22/2012
Advanced Technological Education Television (ATETV)
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The Advanced Technological Education Television (ATETV.org) project is a web-based video series and interactive network designed to connect students and professionals with careers in advanced technology. Created under the guidance of a National Advisory Board with resources from the AACC, ATE National Centers, ATE projects and industry, ATETV aims to show how ATE is relevant to the modern workplace and to attract students to this growing field. ATETV features 48 video episodes that air weekly and highlight ATE success stories from community colleges and ATE programs nationwide. Its outreach efforts -- at ATETV.org and on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter -- aim to connect employers in industry and government with the high-tech workforce of tomorrow. ATETV extends student learning beyond the classroom walls and provides a window into careers and workplace skills.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
09/30/2009
Advances in Paleontology: New Ways to Study Ancient Life
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This collection is intended to provide scientific resources and information to help students explore paleontology and learn about research in the field of paleontology. It features a module that explores a variety of current topics in paleontology, including morphology, histology (the study of biological tissues), taphonomy (the study of preservation), and ichnology (the study of tracks and traces). It also addresses ethics issues in paleontology and includes links to some news articles on current research and discoveries.

Subject:
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Unit of Study
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
Erin Klauk
Ewan Wolff
Wolff, Ewan
Date Added:
10/31/2002
Agriculture in the Classroom
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Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) is a program supported by the United States Department of Agriculture to promote increased agricultural literacy. The AITC website provides resources for teachers including suggestions for science fair projects, virtual tours, agricultural literacy quizzes, effective teaching strategies. There is also a directory of reviewed resources, including lesson plans, webquests, DVDs, maps, posters, and other items. The student's page features an interactive presentation with career information, ideas for science fair projects, opinion features on agricultural issues, games, webquests, and an interactive map with links to downloadable fact sheets about agriculture in each state.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Biological Sciences Gateways and Resources
DLESE Community Collection
Date Added:
10/21/2014
Alaska SeaLife Center
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Located in Seward, Alaska, the Alaska SeaLife Center is a non-profit marine science facility dedicated to understanding and maintaining the integrity of the marine ecosystem of Alaska through research, rehabilitation and public education. The Center's research and rehabilitation facilities and naturalistic exhibits immerse visitors in the dynamic marine ecosystems of Alaska. Includes links to additional resources for students and teachers.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Algebra Four
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Students play a generalized version of connect four, gaining the chance to place a piece on the board by solving an algebraic equation. Parameters: Level of difficulty of equations to solve and type of problem. Algebra Four is one of the Interactivate assessment games.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Functions
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Shodor
SMARTR
Provider Set:
NSDL Math Common Core
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Algebra Quiz
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Test your algebra skills by answering questions. This quiz asks you to solve algebraic linear and quadratic equations of one variable. Choose difficulty level, question types, and time limit. Algebra Quiz is one of the Interactivate assessment quizzes.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Functions
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
NSDL Staff
Shodor
SMARTR
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
NSDL Math Common Core
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Alien Earths
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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This site explores the formation of stars and planets and the quest for a habitable planet. Create a virtual a community of microorganisms. Try to build the perfect solar system. See how planets react with one another, and how some planets help keep our solar system stable. Look at images: see if you can recognize life.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Space Science Institute
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
DLESE Community Collection
Date Added:
02/16/2011
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) serves as "the national voice for America's baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing education programs." As part of their work they are engaged in advocacy programs and initiatives, nursing education enhancement initiatives, and research across the field. The materials on their site are divided into eight topical areas, including "Nursing Education", "Education Policy", "Government Affairs", and "End-of-Life Care". One of the key sections here is the "Publications" area, which contains links to their white papers, their in-house newsletter, and other important documents. At the bottom of their homepage, visitors will find specific resources on the nursing shortage in the United States, complete with information on how this situation will impact patient care. Finally, on the right hand side of the homepage visitors can find their annual report and information about nursing scholarships.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
04/08/2011
American Mathematical Society Books Online
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The American Mathematical Society (AMS) was founded in 1888 in order to further mathematical research and scholarship. Since that time, they have embarked on a number of outreach programs designed to educate the public about the importance of various mathematical endeavors. In the past several years, they have been developing the AMS Books Online website, and it's quite a resource. The works were all originally published by the AMS, and they can be browsed by author or subject. The subject headings include analysis, general interest, logic and foundations, and number theory. Users can download individual chapters from each book, and there are currently over thirty books available on the site. Visitors should make sure and check back, as there are plans to add books to the site periodically.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Textbook
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
02/19/2010
AmericanRadioWorks: Power and Smoke: A Nation Built on Coal
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The United States gets over half of its electricity from burning coal, and this tremendously important resource remains one of the nation's greatest assets. However, it is not an asset without problems, as the burning of coal has brought with it tremendous levels of air pollution and other problems. This latest radio documentary from the American RadioWorks group was produced by Catherine Winter, and it explores various aspects of coal production in the United States. The program also offers some historical perspective on the subject. The program can be listened to in its entirety here, or visitors can also download it for their own use. Along the way, visitors will hear from environmental history professor Joel Tarr, museum director Anne Madarasz, and smog museum director Don Pavelko.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
04/15/2011
Analog Electronics: Basic Circuits of Operational Amplifiers
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This site offers a set of interactive operational amplifiers (OAs) simulators with detailed lessons and basic circuit schematics (including theory). The Java applets provided include an inverting amplifier, summing amplifier, difference amplifier, differentiator, and integrator circuit amplifier.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
11/02/2009
Analysis Of Categorical Dependent Variables With SAS And SPSS
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This tutorial, created by Choong-Geun Chung of Indiana University, Bloomington, contains SAS and SPSS instructions for categorical analysis techniques such as logistic regression and probit regression including models for ordered or unordered multiple choices. Key concepts of this lesson include multinomial logistic and conditional logistic regression.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Chung, Choong-Geun
Date Added:
09/15/2009
Analytical Electrochemistry: A Laboratory Manual
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This labware module contains directions for seven experiments in analytical electrochemistry. The experiments are designed to illustrate fundamentals of electrode reactions as applied to readily accessible redox reactants. They provide insight to dynamic electrochemistry for scientists at all levels of training. Activation procedures to prepare glassy carbon electrodes are provided in a TechNote.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Kuwana, Theodore
Date Added:
06/06/2011
Analytical Sciences Digital Library
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The Analytical Sciences Digital Library (ASDL) provides a collection of peer-reviewed web-based educational resources related to technical resources in the analytical sciences. Materials include articles, labware, educational practices, and more.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
09/18/2012
Ancestry and Identity
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In this activity, presented by the Lane Community College MAPS GIS Program, students "are led through a series of steps to describe spatial patterns of various data layers representing ancestry." Students will examine data from the 2005 US Census to determine whether the spatial distribution is dispersed, clustered or random. The activity introduces many different concepts concerning data sets and how they are best used, in terms of GIS. Visitors will find links to the instructor and student versions of the lesson and links to the web-based GIS utility used in the activity.

Subject:
Technology
Geoscience
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
05/12/2010
Angles
Conditions of Use:
Remix and Share
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This activity allows the user to practice important angle vocabulary. This activity would work well in mixed ability groups of two or three for about twenty to twenty-five minutes if you use the exploration questions and ten to fifteen minutes otherwise. From the Shodor Education Foundation. This is an interactive Java-based activity with suggested lessons and exploration questions.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Shodor
Provider Set:
NSDL Math Common Core
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Date Added:
07/12/2014
Animation of 2006 Ozone Hole
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) polar-obriting satellites monitor the ozone levels around the globe. The ozone layer acts to protect life on Earth by blocking harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. The "ozone hole" is a severe depletion of the ozone layer high above Antarctica. It is primarily caused by human-produced compounds that release chlorine and bromine gases in the stratosphere. NOAA scientists reported that the 2006 ozone hole in the polar region of the Southern Hemisphere broke records for area and depth. In this animation, the POES satellite sensors document the change in the ozone hole over Antarctica. In the critical layer of the atmosphere between 8 and 13 miles, nearly all of the ozone has been destroyed. However, large declines in the ozone hole, such as the one in 2006, are common year-to-year variations caused by Antarctic stratosphere weather fluctuations. Overall, the ozone hole is estimated to decrease annually very slowly in area by about 0.1 to 0.2 percent for the next 5 to 10 years.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
11/25/2010
Aquatic Environment
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In this activity, developed by the Lane Community College MAPS GIS Program, students are asked to investigate the distribution of Chinook salmon in the Columbia River basin using GIS technology and web-based maps. The objectives of the lesson are for students to be able to "use GIS to investigate historic changes in salmonid habitat, understand the factors affecting fish habitat, and improve map skills and problem solving." On the site, visitors will find a link to the student activity, some introductory material about GIS and the web-based viewer used in this lesson. The link to the actual data leads visitors to the wrong map, but you can access it by clicking here. This is an excellent activity for high school or early undergraduate students for hands-on work with GIS and population ecology.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Mort, Shelley
Sproles, Eric
Date Added:
05/12/2010
Aquatic Food Webs
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This nice site from NOAA starts with a bold statement: "Big fish eat little fish; that's how the food cycle works." It's a fitting introduction to this exploration of aquatic food webs. Offered as part of NOAA's main Education Resources site, this site offers a dozen well-produced videos, lesson plans, and data sets divided into areas that include Background Information and Multimedia. These items include "Tagging of Pacific Pelagics," "Census of Marine Life Biodiversity," and "Components of a Food Web." Visitors can also look over the Features area near the bottom of the site, whose offerings range from a profile of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to a longitudinal study of sea trout in the food web. Finally, visitors can use the social media tabs to share resources from the site with colleagues and others.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
06/06/2013
Area Explorer
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Learn the relationship between perimeter and area. A shape will be automatically generated with the perimeter that you choose. Calculate the area of this shape. Area Explorer is one of the Interactivate assessment explorers.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Provider:
Maryland Public Television
NSDL Staff
Shodor
Provider Set:
Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
NSDL Math Common Core
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Date Added:
11/05/1996
Areas, Volumes, Surface Areas
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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This printable sheet is an excellent reference tool for geometry students. It details the formulae for finding the area, volume, and surface area for a variety of two- and three-dimensional shapes and includes an illustration of each that shows which measurements are important to the calculation. Presented are: areas of polygons (square, rectangle, parallelogram, trapezoid, circle, ellipse, triangles); volumes of polyhedra (cube, rectangular prism, irregular prism, cylinder, pyramid, cone, sphere, ellipsoid); and surface area (cube, prism, sphere).

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Student Guide
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
NSDL Math Common Core
Author:
David Manura
Date Added:
10/18/2002
Arithmetic Four
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Students play a generalized version of connect four, gaining the chance to place a piece on the board by answering arithmetic questions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). Parameters: time, difficulty level, types of questions. Arithmetic Four is one of the Interactivate assessment games.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Provider:
Maryland Public Television
NSDL Staff
Shodor
SMARTR
Provider Set:
Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
NSDL Math Common Core
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Date Added:
11/05/1994
Arithmetic Quiz
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Arithmetic Quiz gives the user randomized questions to answer on arithmetic with whole numbers and integers. Parameters: Level of difficulty and types of questions. Arithmetic Quiz is one of the Interactivate assessment quizzes.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Shodor
SMARTR
Provider Set:
NSDL Math Common Core
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Date Added:
10/30/2014
The Art of Teaching the Arts: A Workshop for High School Teachers
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Teaching the arts is, as one might expect, an art in itself, and teachers young and old alike will find much to engage their attention on this delightful website. Created as part of the Annenberg Media's educational resource website, this site offers an eight-part professional development workshop for use by music, theater, dance, and visual art teachers. The site includes all eight of the one hour programs, and visitors just need to complete a free registration form to view them in their entirety. The programs all include demonstrations, sample activities, and other pedagogical elements. Visitors should note that the programs include titles like "Developing Students as Artists", "Creating Rich Learning Environments", and "Fostering Genuine Communication". The site also includes support materials and "Channel talk", which is the email discussion list for this set of workshops.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
06/09/2009