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Adult Neurogenesis
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BioEd Online is an ’˘Î—Γeducational resource for educators, students, and parents’˘Î—Ν from the Baylor College of Medicine. This is an excellent place to find educational materials and current information in the field of biology. The ’˘Î—ΓHot Topics’˘Î—Ν section of this site focus on current events and issues in biology that are ’˘Î—Γreceiving national attention.’˘Î—Ν This site, created by Tadzia GrandPr’ŰΊ, PhD, contains a brief discussion of Adult Neurogenesis or the ability for new neurons to develop in the brain. The article includes background information on the field of neuroscience, as well as information about how neurons work. The site includes links to references and further reading. In addition, a related slide set, "Adult Neurogenesis," is available for viewing along with links to several related news articles. Both the slide set and the news articles could be easily used in the classroom along with the other resources provided in this ’˘Î—ΓHot Topic’˘Î—Ν from BioEd Online.

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Mathematics
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GrandPr„ďŠ, Tadzia
GrandPr’ул©, Tadzia
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03/21/2007
Analytical Electrochemistry: Basic Concepts
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This module focuses on the basic concepts involved in dynamic electrochemistry when the net current is not zero - the combination of mass transfer and electrochemical reactions at the interface between solids and fluids. It is at an introductory level appropriate for undergraduates in their sophomore or junior years.

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Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Simulation
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Author:
Kelly, Richard S.
Date Added:
06/03/2011
Animations for Physics and Astronomy: Electricity and Magnetism Animations
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This web site contains a large collection of animations illustrating basic concepts of electricity and magnetism. It covers topics such as electric fields, flux, gauss's law, conduction, magnetic force, etc. Animations can be viewed in a number of different formats, either embedded in a web page or through a downloaded media file.

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Education
Mathematics
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
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Gallis, Michael
Date Added:
04/06/2010
Animations to Assist Learning Some Key Computer Science Topics
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This series of eight interactive modules was developed at Virginia Polytechnic Institute to give undergraduate computer science students a unique online resource for introductory course material. "Each module consists of a set of lessons and review questions with embedded interactive components." Topics include non-decimal number systems and arithmetic, operating systems, programming languages, and software engineering, to name a few. There is even a module that breaks down the fundamental hardware components of a computer's architecture. The animations are of high quality and demonstrate various concepts quite well.

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Technology
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
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Date Added:
08/05/2007
An Antipodal Mystery
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This case study looks at how the scientific process really works, particularly in respect to evolutionary biology. Using the example of the discovery of the platypus, the lesson ties in easily with biology or zoology courses. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also includes a section for instructor feedback where general comments may be read and contributed.

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Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Mathematics
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Case Study
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Author:
Herreid, Clyde F.
Date Added:
08/15/2005
Atkins or "Fadkins"?
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This case study looks at the relationship between claims made about diet trends and the actual ways body systems work together to contribute to homeostatsis. The lesson was designed for upper level high school and lower level undergraduate students, and would be particularly useful for non health majors studying human anatomy and physiology. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also includes a section for instructor feedback where general comments may be read and contributed.

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Education
Life Science
Geoscience
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Author:
Bledsoe, Karen E.
Date Added:
06/26/2009
Bath Time with Archimedes
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This algebra lesson helps students make the connection between functions and their graphs. The model of the level of water in a bathtub is used. Students will watch the graph and a chart of the depth of the water at different time increments. They are then asked to identify the events that caused each change in the graph. A student worksheet is available for download here in a Word Document.

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Education
Mathematics
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12/14/2010
BioEd Online: Presentations
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The resources for biology teachers offered by BioEd Online are uniformly excellent, and this particular section of their website is no exception to that trend. Designed specifically for teachers, this site contains dozens of presentations that can be adopted for use in a variety of classroom settings. Users of the site can explore a list of topics and featured presentation materials, which include "The Cell: Cloning," "Diversity of Life: Introduction to Human Behavior," and "The Human Organism: Influenza Vaccination." That's far from all however, as the site also has interactive lesson demonstrations, lab techniques, and teaching strategies. Equally important for instructors is the "Seeking a Teaching Position," which includes presentations like "So You Want to Teach?" and "High Stakes Communication: Interviewing for a Teaching Position."

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Education
Life Science
Geoscience
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Diagram/Illustration
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Date Added:
04/23/2008
Biodiversity and Ecosystems
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This learning activity from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) will allow students to examine how biodiversity affects an environment's temperature and determine how animal diversity changes in different environments. A student worksheet and discussion questions are included. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
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Date Added:
02/16/2011
Bioenergy Lab Manual: Introduction to Biodiesel Fuel
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The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides this lab manual on biodiesel fuel. Contents of the lab manual include titration of used oil feedstocks, neutralization and washing of biodiesel and several tests like the carbon residue test, cloud point test and copper corrosion test. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
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Activity/Lab
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Lesson Plan
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Author:
Morschauser, P.
Walz, K.
Date Added:
07/16/2007
Bird Flu
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BioEd Online is an ’˘Î—Γeducational resource for educators, students, and parents’˘Î—Ν from the Baylor College of Medicine. This is an excellent place to find educational materials and current information in the field of biology. The ’˘Î—ΓHot Topics’˘Î—Ν section of this site focus on current events and issues in biology that are ’˘Î—Γreceiving national attention.’˘Î—Ν Outbreaks of viruses have had detrimental effects on human populations throughout history. Recently, there has been a spotlight on the avian influenza virus (specifically the strain known as H5N1), which has infected over 100 people throughout the world. Concerned scientists and health officials are researching this virus, which many fear could escalate and contribute to a worldwide influenza outbreak. This site, created by Deanne Erdmann, MS, and Nancy Moreno, PhD, contains a brief discussion of the avian influenza virus, and includes links to references and further reading. Related news articles, and websites can be found. Be sure to check out the related slide set, ’˘Î—ΓBird Flu: Is a Pandemic Looming in Our Future?" The slide show can be easily manipulated for use in the classroom along with the other resources provided in this ’˘Î—ΓHot Topic’˘Î—Ν from BioEd Online.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Diagram/Illustration
Reading
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Author:
Erdmann, Deanne
Moreno, Nancy
Date Added:
10/24/2005
The Birthday Suprise
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This lesson is often used in introductory courses on probability and statistics. The material uses real data to introduce probabilistic simulation. Students will take random samples of data to demonstrate the importance of obtaining a good sample from a population. A blog has also been created by the originator of this exercise for students to share their results.

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Education
Mathematics
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Date Added:
12/20/2010
Butterfly Gardening
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This Planting a Butterfly Garden website from Monarch Watch is a great introductory resource for teachers interested in starting an educational butterfly garden at their school. This site provides several useful information pages including Good Nectar Sources and lists of Larval Host Plants organized both by butterfly and by plant. The site also features a simple step-by-step teacher's guide written by a teacher from Maryland who planned and planted a butterfly garden at her middle school.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
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Date Added:
08/13/2007
Categorical Data
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This site, created by Michelle Lacey of Yale University, gives a definition and an example of categorical data. Topics include two-way tables, bar graphs, and segmented bar graphs. The author provides a nice presentation combining text and visuals to enhance the lesson. This is a valuable resource for more advanced classroom's studying statistics.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
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Data Set
Lesson Plan
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Author:
Lacey, Michelle
Date Added:
12/04/2009
Cell Phone Algebra
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With this lesson, students will use tables of fees from a few different cell phone providers to create an algebraic expression that reflects billing for services. The example helps students apply algebraic functions to a real-world example that is useful to them in their everyday experience.

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Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
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Date Added:
01/04/2011
Cell Phone Spectrophotometer
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On this site, instructions and software are provided to allow students to build an inexpensive spectrophotometer, using digital cameras or cell phone cameras as array detectors. Supplementary materials include instructions for high school teachers and laboratory instructions for both high school and college students. Software source code allows customization.

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Technology
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Author:
Kelley, Kathleen
Scheeline, Alexander
Date Added:
08/04/2011
Chloride and Salinity
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This learning activity from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) will provide a good introduction for students studying chloride and salinity. A list of required materials is included as well as the step by step procedure for conducting the experiment. Student worksheets are also included. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
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Date Added:
07/15/2011
Confidence Intervals
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This lesson plan has students create a confidence interval based on the historic snowfall records of a town in Ohio, the data for which is available online. The class will calculate the mean and standard deviation, applying formulas to the data. The standard deviation of the entire data set as well as a confidence interval will be created. A student handout is available for download here in Word Document format.

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Education
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
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Lecture Notes
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Date Added:
12/16/2010
Contingency Analysis of Prison Inmates and Staff
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The Real World Learning Objects Library presents a mathematical problem couched in real-life examples for this examination of prisons within a mathematic context. Students consider the business model of a prison, status of inmates, and the impact of gender from a perspective of numbers. Within this activity, students look at the Ohio prison staff and inmates, construct a contingency table, and come to conclusions using chi-square test statistics. Ideally, the activity concludes with a written report, which helpfully incorporates writing skills with mathematical ability of deduction. The activity includes detailed instructions, assessments, materials, and access to software for calculations.

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Assessment
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
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Author:
Riffle, Lisa
Date Added:
10/17/2007
DNA Extraction Virtual Lab
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This virtual lab from the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah provides a simple overview of DNA extraction, including what it's used for, illustrations, and an activity using cheek cells and laboratory equipment to isolate DNA. The lab is followed by a classroom activity that allows students and teachers to Extract DNA from Anything Living, using household items like spinach but not little sister's big toe.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Simulation
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Date Added:
10/16/2006
The Day the Earth Shook
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This lesson, based on the NOVA television broadcast 'The Day the Earth Shook', introduces students to engineering for earthquakes; specifically, architectural features that work and those that don't. The objective is to explore structural engineering through three design challenges; a relatively short, wide building; a home on a hillside; and a pyramid shape that focuses most of its mass near the bottom. Students are divided into three teams and each team is assigned one of the structure challenges. Each team will build and test its structure, record its results, then rotate to the next challenge until all three teams have attempted all three challenges.

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Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
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Date Added:
04/20/2011
Do Biotic, Abiotic Factors Determine Biodiversity?
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This learning activity from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) will help students studying the concepts of biotic/abiotic factors and biodiversity. The activity should take about five class periods to complete, and requires a few additional materials which are detailed in the lesson. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
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Author:
Willey, Babe
Date Added:
02/28/2012
A Dollar's Worth
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This lesson helps students understand the concept of inflation in a mathematical context. Students will learn about the Consumer Price Index and will use it to compare the changing worth of a dollar over several years. A student assessment is included.

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Education
Mathematics
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Assessment
Data Set
Interactive
Lesson Plan
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Date Added:
12/16/2010
ELVIS Meltdown! Microbiology Concepts of Culture, Growth, and Metabolism
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In this case study, students will assume the role of a microbiologist working at a chemical company that makes polyurethane. The lesson was developed for an introductory general microbiology course for biology and non-biology majors. It would be useful for high school or lower level undergraduate students. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also includes a section for instructor feedback where general comments may be read and contributed.

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Education
Life Science
Geoscience
Physics
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Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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Author:
Shields, Patricia A.
Smith, Ann C.
Stewart, Richard C.
Date Added:
11/19/2008
Earthquakes! Amplitude and Magnitude Connection
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This interdisciplinary learning activity illustrates the differences between the amplitude and magnitude of earthquakes in a mathematical context. Students will express earthquake magnitude as a logarithmic function of amplitude and express earthquake amplitude as an exponential function of magnitude. Worksheets are also included in the document.

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Education
Mathematics
Geoscience
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
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Date Added:
12/13/2010
Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics
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This activity, from the Real World Learning Objects Resource Library, allows students to use first-hand data analysis to "determine if there is any pattern to earthquake events and speculate on the causes of earthquakes." Intended to be an introductory activity for a unit of study on earthquakes, this 60-minute activity is complete with learning goals, step-by-step classroom procedures, materials, assessment activities, and resources for further information. The "Content Materials" section contains directions for students and graphics to help students understand earthquakes and plate tectonics. This is an excellent resource for geology and earth science instructors that is ready to use for the classroom.

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Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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Date Added:
10/04/2007
Embryonic Stem Cells
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BioEd Online is an "educational resource for educators, students, and parents" from the Baylor College of Medicine. This is an excellent place to find educational materials and current information in the field of biology. The "Hot Topics" section of this site focus on current events and issues in biology that are "receiving national attention." The controversy surrounding embryonic stem cells, and coverage it receives in news and research publications in the United States and around the world definitely warrants a closer look at this issue. This "Hot Topic" compiled by Joseph Marx, PhD, Nancy Moreno, PhD, and Deanne Erdmann, MS, contains a brief discussion of the stem cell debate, and includes references and links for further reading. Related news articles can be found as well. Be sure to check out the related slide sets for both embryonic stem cells and stem cells. These slide shows are an excellent resource to use in the classroom. Just add the slides you wish to use to your tray and then view or download your slide tray for an instant visual resource.

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Engineering
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
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Author:
Erdmann, Deanne
Marx, Joseph
Moreno, Nancy
Date Added:
07/20/2006
EqWorld: The World of Mathematical Equations
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This site contains methods and exact solutions for a multitude of mathematical equations, including algebraic, differential, partial differential, integral, and functional equations.

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
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Author:
Poli„_ďť a„__ďnin, A. D. (Andrei„0˘ď‹ď_ Dmitrievich)
PoliŐóëËՊëô aŐóëËՊëôՊënin, A. D. (AndreiŐóëÔŐ˘ëŃë_ Dmitrievich)
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05/06/2011
Estimate the Circumference of the Earth using Eratosthenes' Method
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This activity, from the Real World Learning Objects Resource Library, helps students estimate the circumference of the earth by recreating "Eratosthenes' amazing experiment utilizing data generated from the Stevens-sponsored telecollaborative project the Noon Day Project." This site explains the 60-minute activity, complete with learning goals, step-by-step classroom procedures, materials, assessment activities, and resources for further information. The "Content Materials" section contains instructions for students, background information, and graphics to help students understand Eratosthenes' experiment. Combining math and science principles, this is an excellent ready-to-use and easy-to-adapt resource for educators to use in the trigonometry classroom.

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Education
Mathematics
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
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Author:
Koen, Joshua
Date Added:
11/16/2009
Exploring Magnetism in Solar Flares: A Teachers' Magnetism Activity Guide for Grades 8-12
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Exploring Magnetism in Solar Flares is part of a series of guides highlighting the importance of magnetism in Earth and space sciences. It contains four activities exploring solar flares while addressing science, math, and literacy standards. The material is appropriate for grades 8-12. Lessons are available for download in PDF format.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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Date Added:
04/20/2011
Extra Housepayments Effect
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How financial institutions use the monthly mortgage payment and mortgage amortization formulas can be a confusing concept to grasp. This lesson asks students to find a current interest mortgage rate for their city and state. This rate is then applied to an Internet based mortgage calculator to discover the effect that paying extra on a monthly house payment has on total interest paid and length of the loan. A student worksheet is included in the document.

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Education
Life Science
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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Date Added:
01/05/2011
Fire Wars: Fire Season Statistics
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This classroom activity allows students to extrapolate information and further questions for investigation from fire season statistics. Having information about previous fire seasons can help land managers look for areas they may need to monitor in coming years. Each group of students will discuss the data as it is currently presented to see what information is conveyed, what general conclusions students can draw, and what, if any, patterns they see. Then students consider how the data might be reconfigured to illustrate different aspects of the data set. The groups will decide how to present the information in a more meaningful way such as tables, bar graphs, pie graphs, or some other way. Based on what they find in the data, the group will decide what kind of campaign they would design to reduce wildland fires. The activity has a stated objective, a student handout, procedure, activity answer, and links for more information.

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Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER LAR Collection
Date Added:
12/16/2006
Fire Wars: Where Growth Meets Growth
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This activity has students identify fire risk factors for a property located near a wildland area. Given a picture of a house and surrounding property in a wooded setting, students attempt to identify and number all the areas of increased risk on the picture and then write down the reasons they believe each numbered area is at risk. The activity has a stated objective, student handout, procedure, activity answer, ideas for extension, and links for more information.

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Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER LAR Collection
Date Added:
12/26/2006
Flu Basics
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BioEd Online is an ’˘Î—Γeducational resource for educators, students, and parents’˘Î—Ν from the Baylor College of Medicine. This is an excellent place to find educational materials and current information in the field of biology. The ’˘Î—ΓHot Topics’˘Î—Ν section of this site focus on current events and issues in biology that are ’˘Î—Γreceiving national attention.’˘Î—Ν The influenza virus has plagued humans for eons, and new strains of this virus are constantly in the news. This ’˘Î—ΓHot Topic’˘Î—Ν compiled by Sonia Clayton, PhD and Nancy Moreno, PhD, contains a brief discussion of the types of influenza, how influenza attacks and changes, and prevention measures. Also included are references and links for further reading. Related slide sets are available for viewing as well as a presentation on vaccination. Both the slide show and the presentation could easily be fit into a classroom lecture or student demonstration.

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Life Science
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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Author:
Clayton, Sonia
Moreno, Nancy
Date Added:
10/15/2004
Get the Lead Out! An Interdisciplinary Case Study
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This interdisciplinary case study is intended to teach the nature of mining operations and their effect on the environment. Students will use atomic absorption spectroscopy to test for lead contamination in groundwater samples. The lesson would be useful for high school or lower level undergraduate students. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also includes a section for instructor feedback where general comments may be read and contributed.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER LAR Collection
Date Added:
04/21/2008
Giving Birth to Someone Else's Children? A Case of Disputed Maternity
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This case study was designed for introductory biology students and asks them to develop hypotheses to explain how a mother cannot be genetically related to two of her three sons. The lesson would be useful for high school or lower level undergraduate students. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also includes a section for instructor feedback where general comments may be read and contributed.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
Hutchison, Jessica
Date Added:
09/01/2007
Goldilocks' Planet's Temperature Just Right For Life
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Astronomers have, for the first time, spotted a planet that is considered to be in the "Goldilocks zone," meaning that its environment is just right to sustain life: not too hot, not too cold. Scientists approximate that it is about three times the size of earth, and orbits its version of the sun every 37 days.

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Reading
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
Palca, Joe
Date Added:
09/29/2010
Graphs as a Tool for Data Analysis
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In this Real World Learning Object, students learn how to use x-y scatter graphs to find correlations in data sets. The learning object includes a lesson plan, an assignment handout, and supporting materials for students. Teachers can use this learning object to instruct students on how to create a simple x-y scatter graphs by hand. The assignment employs raw data ’˘Î—Γabstracted from CIESE’˘Î—ÎČs International Boiling Point Project.’˘Î—Ν This is a great resource for teachers of statistics or introductory science courses. Student materials are available for download here.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
Hansen-Polcar, Lois
Date Added:
10/30/2007
Hazardous Materials Spill Response: Observation and Communication Skills Practice
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This learning activity from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) will help students learn how to react in a real-world situation in which clear communication and effective teamwork are vital to solving an urgent problem- in this case, a hazardous material spill. The activity should take about one class period to complete, and requires a few additional materials which are detailed in the lesson. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
Gere, Diane
Date Added:
06/16/2011
Homo floresiensis
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In 2004, a human-like species was discovered on Flores Island. She was approximately 3-feet tall, with a small face and teeth, and the ability to walk on two-legs. This website provides links to five articles from Nature which discuss the immense impact the discovery of Homo floresiensis has had and will have on anthropology and the way we look at human evolution. The website also has a link to a slideshow by Sonia Clayton, Deanne Erdmann, and Nancy Moreno. The speaker’˘Î—ÎČs notes are included and it provides a more in-depth background of Homo floresiensis.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Date Added:
11/04/2004