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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.

Subject:
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
ADBU Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (AJEEE)
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"ADBU Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (AJEEE)" - ISSN: 2582-0257 , is an International Peer-reviewed Open-Access Online journal in English language exploring innovative research findings in Electrical and Electronics Engineering & Technology and its allied sciences, published bi-annually by the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati, India.

ADBU Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (AJEEE) publishes scientific articles which contribute new novel experimentation and theoretical work in all areas of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and its applications. This Journal will bring together researchers from Academic Institutes, Research organization and Industries thereby bridging the gap between research and industrial development. Thus, AJEEE contributes to the growth of electrical and electronics engineering science and technology and discusses the recent developments in different areas of this domain of study.

AJEEE aims at exploring the solutions for all research gaps in electrical and electronics engineering and technology and is trying to enlighten the research area with innovation findings.

WEBSITE: http://journals.dbuniversity.ac.in/ojs/index.php/AJEEE

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
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Diagram/Illustration
Primary Source
Reading
Student Guide
Date Added:
07/28/2019
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 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
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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
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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.

Subject:
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
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
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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
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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
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Textbook
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
NASA
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
01/01/2010
Adjustable Spinner
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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.

Subject:
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 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.

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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.

Subject:
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
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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
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
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
Angles
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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
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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
Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park
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Students can learn about the fossilized remains of animals killed and buried by a blanket of volcanic ash some 12 million years ago in what is now northeastern Nebraska. Materials include the story of how the animals (including twelve species of mammals) came to be fossilized, pictures of some of the animals found at the site, a timeline of discoveries at the site, an interactive map showing the locations and identities of the skeletons, and a brief discussion of the ash beds and their geologic setting.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
DLESE Community Collection
Date Added:
10/31/2014
The Astronomy Center
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The American Astronomical Society in Washington, D.C., created the Astronomy Center website to "provide a web-based databank that provides faculty with links to a wide range of teaching and learning resources for [an] Undergraduate Introductory Astronomy course." Faculty are also encouraged to suggest materials to add to the database, as well as to offer their own comments on the materials. Visitors will find that the website can be browsed by topic or by type of resource. Some of the topics include "Cosmic Time and Distance", "Historical Astronomy", and "Exoplanets". Examples of the types of resources available include "Pedagogy", "Simulations", and "Images". In order to demonstrate the size of the solar system, visitors will find that the lab, "The Thousand Yard Model" is valuable for teaching elementary through high school students, and lower undergraduate classes.

Subject:
Education
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:
06/26/2011
BBC Gardening
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From the BBC, this gardening website shares a plethora of tips and information with gardeners. Site visitors can search for advice on a wide variety of topics, and consult a number of straightforward guides that address soil improvement, planting, propagation, pruning, houseplants, watering, and more. The site also offers profiles for popular plants, and a searchable database with information about thousands of other plants. Parents and teachers will appreciate the site's educational gardening activities developed collaboratively with the Royal Horticultural Society for children between four and seven years of age. Site visitors can participate in the Gardening Message Board and sign up for the free BBC Gardening email newsletter as well. The site is full of great photos, and even offers visitors a downloadable virtual gardening exercise for experimenting with different planting and color schemes.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
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:
01/17/2008
BGIM : Maximum Likelihood Estimation Primer
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Created by Shaun Purcell of the Social, Genetic and Development Pyschiatry Research Centre, this set of pages is an introduction to the maximum likelihood estimation. It discusses the likelihood and log-likelihood functions and the process of optimizing. The author breaks the page down in this way: introduction, model-fitting, MLE in practice, likelihood ratio test, MLE analysis of twin data and MLE analysis of linkage data. The author offers further reading for extra study of this statistical method.

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:
Purcell, Shaun
Date Added:
02/26/2009
BSCS: The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
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BSCS is a nonprofit corporation that develops and supports the implementation of innovative science education curriculum for students in kindergarten through college.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Textbook
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Shodor
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Band Structure and Electrical Conductivity in Semiconductors
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In this experiment, we will, 1. understand how conductivity in semiconductors depends on carrier concentration and mobility, and how these depend on temperature, 2. distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic temperature regimes and identify the applicable temperature range from an examination of measured data, 3. appreciate and utilize the advantages of the four-probe resistance measurement technique, 4. calculate the energy band gap for doped Si and pure Ge, 5. calculate the temperature dependent coefficient of the majority carriers, 6. through experimental realizations, appreciate a physical understanding of the band gap structure of semiconductors.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Asma Khalid
Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
Wasif Zia
Date Added:
02/16/2012
Bar Graph
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Enter data to create a bar graph, then change many settings for the graph's appearance.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
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:
11/05/2012
Bar Graph Sorter
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Sort colored shapes into a bar graph. Practice sorting by shape or by color. Appropriate for elementary grades. Bar Graph Sorter is one of the Interactivate assessment explorers.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Mathematics
Geometry
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:
11/05/2002
Basic Concepts of Diagnostic Ultrasound
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A unit that explains what ultrasound is, how it is produced, and why it is useful in medical imaging. A section on mathematics includes: defining, illustrating and using the following wave characteristics ˘ď‹ďÓ frequency, periods, wavelength, propagation speed, amplitude, and intensity; and applying the distance formula in a variety of car and sound situations.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Stern, Beverly
Date Added:
09/03/2007
The Basics of Programming Embedded Processors: Part 2
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Where previously in Part 1 we covered the basics of program design and analysis and the usefulness of design patterns, in this part in this series of articles we develop models for programs that are more general than source code. Why not use the source code directly? First, there are many different types of source code - assembly languages, C code, and so on - but we can use a single model to describe all of them. Second, once we have such a model, we can perform many useful analyzes on the model more easily than we could on the source code.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
07/02/2009
Becoming a Cultural Researcher
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Students learn about material culture in this Moveable Museum lesson plan by taking a firsthand look at how culture influences the kinds of things we do. The 12-page PDF guide has educator materials including background information, teacher strategies, assessment guidelines, and detailed notes about the curriculum standards addressed. The Becoming a Cultural Researcher activity worksheet has a series of questions that prompts students to reflect on the material culture of daily activities, customs, or ceremonies. There is a kid-friendly glossary of related terms.

Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
Date Added:
10/15/2014
Beginner's Guide to Propulsion
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This site from the NASA Glenn Research Center offers a brief introduction to propulsion with many links to explore related concepts in depth. Topics include Newton's laws, thrust, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, basic math concepts, propulsion systems, and more. Users can navigate the site through links to other pages of interest, but there are also links to guided tours and an index at the bottom of the portal page.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Student Guide
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Date Added:
07/07/2009
Bench to Blackboard
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Created as a joint initiative from the Baylor College of Medicine and Scitable by Nature Education, "Bench to Blackboard" offers up interactive modules that explore genetics via quizzes, worksheets, and a range of additional thoughtful materials. The materials are suitable for educators and life-long learners and are divided into two areas: Key Advances in Genetics and Seminal Experiments in Genetics. Visitors will need to complete a free login process to get started. Once completed, progress can be saved at any time so visitors can come back to complete the course at their leisure. It's a rather neat way to learn about some of the main defining features of genetic research and, by extension, current trends in scientific research more generally.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
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:
03/06/2014
A Better Fire!!
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Students run a simulation of how a fire will spread through a stand of trees, learning about probability and chaos. Parameters: Forest density, wind direction, size of forest.

Subject:
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
Beyond the Golden Gate: Oceanography, Geology, Biology, and Environmental Issues in the Gulf of the Farallones
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This report describes the results of a major United States Geological Survey (USGS) geologic and oceanographic study of the Gulf of the Farallones, adjacent to the San Francisco Bay region. The first of its kind, the investigation was intended to establish a scientific database for an area of 3,400 square kilometers (1,000 square nautical miles) on the continental shelf for the purpose of evaluating and monitoring human impact on the marine environment. Topics include techniques and technology used in the investigation; oceanography and geology of the Gulf of the Farallones; biology and ecological niches; and issues of environmental management. There is also a list of supplemental reading materials and a glossary. The report is available in two versions: a shorter version for a general audience, and a more technical long version that is also available as a CD-ROM.

Subject:
Life Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
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:
12/31/2010
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
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A wealth of information concerning the Bigelow Lab, found in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Explore the site's three main components, research, education, and the institution. Find course information, past, present, and future expedition information, current lab news, and more. Education section features many classroom and interactive computer activities all focusing on marine life. Research section includes information on many of the different tools used in marine research.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
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:
02/09/2011
The Binomial Distribution
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This site, presented by the Department of Statistics at Yale University, gives an explanation of, an example of, and a definition for binomial distributions including counts, proportions, and normal approximation. Overall, this is a great resource for any mathematics classroom studying statistics.

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:
12/23/2008
BioEd Online: Japanese Earthquake and Tsunamis, Before and After
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The BioEd Online website from the Baylor College of Medicine offers a cornucopia of resources for biology teachers, including slide sets, presentation notes, and podcasts. This particular resource deals with the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunamis. Created by Gregory L. Vogt, these instructional materials include information about how satellite images are used by recovery planners to allocate recovery resources in the most effective ways possible. The site includes a slide set of the "before" and "after" situation in Japan, a poster depicting the affects of the earthquake, and links to related news pieces. The site also includes direct links to ten other resources including tsunami imagery from NASA and fact sheets from NOAA's Tsunami Information Center.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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
AMSER LAR Collection
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
04/08/2011
BioEd Online: Spider in Space Mission Page
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Beyond the bounds of the Earth's atmosphere, two golden orb spiders are living and flourishing on the International Space Station. Each one lives in separate habitat chambers, and they have a bountiful supply of fruit flies. Each chamber contains cameras and lighting systems, and visitors can use this site from BioEd Online to peer into their world up above. BioEd Online also provides an amazing teachers guide here for educators, along with a dozen or so archived spider videos. Educators take also take advantage of the PowerPoint presentations, and a collection of links to pamphlets on the operation of rockets and microgravity.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
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
AMSER LAR Collection
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
08/22/2011
Biology Reference Sheets
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This reference sheet, presented by the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network provides a valuable list biology reference material for high school students in the life sciences. Definition of terms, diagrams, abbreviations, mathematical notations, and other useful information is provided in an easy to use format. Included in this lesson are the front and back sides of this reference sheet.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
07/25/2014
Bird Beak Accuracy Assessment
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The purpose of this resource is to quantitatively evaluate the accuracy of a classification system. Students sort birds into three possible classes based on each bird's beak: carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. Students compare their answers with a given set of validation data.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Boston University Physics Labs: Graphical Analysis
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This simulation-based laboratory activity allows the student to practice several types of graphs and explore the types of information that we can collect from graphs. Coverage include exploration of linear, non-linear and logarithmic relationships as well as an error analysis.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Andrew Duffy
Duffy, Andrew
Date Added:
10/16/2007
Bounded Fraction Finder
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The same as "Bounded Fraction Pointer" but there is no arrow to help the user determine the value of a fraction between the two endpoints. Bounded Fraction Finder is one of the Interactivate assessment explorers.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
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
Bounded Fraction Pointer
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Determine the value of two fractions you have chosen (which are represented as points on a number line). Then find a fraction whose value is between your two fractions (using an arrow on the number line as a guide) and determine its value. Bounded Fraction Pointer is one of the Interactivate assessment explorers.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
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
Box Plot
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Students can create box plots for either built-in or user-specified data as well as experiment with outliers. User may choose to use or not use the median for calculation of interquartile range.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
NSDL Staff
Shodor
Provider Set:
iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
NSDL Math Common Core
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Author:
Shodor
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Boxplot
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This site, created by Michelle Lacey of Yale University, give a definition and an example of boxplots. Topics include outliers, medians, as well as lower and upper quartiles. The author addresses the possible uses of this type of graph. She focuses on the reasons and also academic disciplines this type of graph is suited for. While brief, this is still a useful reference for a classroom studying statistics.

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:
01/06/2009