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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.

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Education
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Hutchison, Jessica
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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.

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Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Palca, Joe
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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.

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
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Assessment
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Hansen-Polcar, Lois
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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.

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Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
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Interactive
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Gere, Diane
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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.

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Life Science
Ecology
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Geoscience
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How Much Does This House Really Cost?
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This word document introduces a lesson that helps students work out how much they would actually pay for a house with a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, with interest included, after 30 years. The material involves working out a real-world mathematical problem while helping students understand how long-term credit works. The lesson should require 45-60 minutes to require.

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Education
Mathematics
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Simulation
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How Safe Is My Town?
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This lesson uses real data to compile and analyze statistics. Students will analyze crime that has occurred in the local area, compute rates of the activity and construct bar graphs to represent the data. The lesson should require approximately 30 minutes of class time and 60 minutes outside of class. The lesson includes student worksheets.

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Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Lecture Notes
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12/14/2010
Human Genetics and the Dominant Trait
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The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education presents a series of activities dealing with human genetics and dominant traits. In this activity, students can make theories and then test those predictions concerning genetics and dominant inherited traits by using a very small sample - classroom peers - and then modeling their collected information on a worldwide project. By using a small sample, the worldwide survey and reading of information becomes real for the student, while providing the information of a larger sample to compare with the students' conclusions. The activity includes detailed instructions for the activity, course objectives, potential problem areas, and a guide to assessment of information collected. This website could be useful for teachers planning lessons or for students designing projects based on class work and class material.

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Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Geoscience
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Assessment
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Student Guide
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Koen, Joshua
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10/31/2007
I'm Looking Over a White-Striped Clover: A Natural Selection Case
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This case study examines the process of natural selection, using the example of white clover. Students will learn the concepts of variation, natural selection, fitness, selection pressure, evolution, and adaptation.The lesson would be useful for high school or lower level undergraduate students studying biology or botany. 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
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Evarts, Susan
Krufka, Alison
Wilson, Chester
Date Added:
11/28/2006
In Sickness and in Health: A Trip to the Genetic Counselor
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This case study examines genetic diseases. Students will use the example given to understand the rules governing the inheritance of single gene dominant, recessive, and sex-linked disorders and be able to apply them to analyze simple genetics problems. It could be used in high school or undergraduate coursework. 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
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Chess, Barry
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04/26/2006
Interest Rates, FICO Scores and Loan Payments
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This lesson helps students understand financial topics (interest rates, FICO scores and loan payments) in a mathematical context. Students will calculate monthly payments for a car or home based on the best interest rates available to them. Student materials, including a worksheet, are available on the site.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lecture Notes
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01/04/2011
Introduction to Data Analysis
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This page from the Analytical Sciences Digital Library provides a good introduction to data analysis in analytical chemistry. Topics include means, standard deviation, and deciding if two results are different at some level of statistical significance is the basis for analytical decision making. This module teaches students how to use t-tests, Q-tests, and to tell when differences are statistically real. The complete text of the modules is available for download in either Microsoft Word or PDF format, and the data may be downloaded in an Excel file.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Diagram/Illustration
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Harvey, David
Otto, William
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04/04/2011
Introduction to Spectroscopy
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This site covers introductory material related to the analysis of small organic molecules by mass spectrometry, UV-visible, IR, and NMR spectroscopy. A concise explanation of each approach is presented with illustrations. This would be useful for those teaching organic chemistry and for others who need a review of the topic. The section on Spectroscopy Resources at the end of the site contains a list of links to additional information plus a several links to compilations of problems (and their solutions) that challenge the student to interpret NMR or IR spectra.

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Technology
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
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Reusch, William
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08/10/2007
Is Guaiacum Sanctum Effective Against Arthritis?: An Ethnobotany Case
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This case study uses the example of a tropical tree which may be used in medical treatments. Students will read the case and then answer questions designed to explore the process of screening and testing the medicinal value of plants identified as having potential health benefits. The lesson could be used in high school or undergraduate coursework, and would be useful in introductory biology or botany coursework. 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
Mathematics
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Burdett, Barbara
Green, Angela
Ribbens, Eric
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01/16/2004
Let's Peak Under the Sod
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This learning activity from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) will allow students to evaluate the difficulties that may arise in attempting to separate various materials. The lesson involves taking soil samples and performing a perk test of each sample. The lesson should take about 3 class periods to complete. 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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Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
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Flanagan, Sharon
Watts, Tom
Wishart, Ray
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06/08/2011
Linear Function Applied to Flight Distance
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This lesson helps students further their understanding of linear functions by applying the material to a real-world example. The class will use data on an airline flight including travel time, ground speed, time remaining in flight, and the distance between two cities to express a linear equation for the flight travel. A student worksheet is included in the document.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lecture Notes
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01/04/2011
Linear Functions and Mathematical Modeling
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This learning object allows students to create a basic x ’˘Î—Ζ y scatter graph which can be used to find the linear correlation between the boiling point of water and altitude. The material allows students to analyze data and derive the linear equation for a data set. Student materials including an assignment handout, graph paper and a graphical analysis document, can be found here (third row, second column of table).

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lecture Notes
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01/05/2011
Linear Regression
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This site, created by Michelle Lacey of Yale University, gives an explanation, a definition and an example of linear regression. Topics include: least-squares, residuals, extrapolation, outliers, and influential observations. Lacey's presentation is thoughtful in its layout. The author intertwines useful graphs within her textual explanations, this makes it accessible for almost any mathematics audience. Overall, this is a useful resource.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
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Lacey, Michelle
Date Added:
12/03/2009
Logarithms and Car Payments
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This algebra lesson helps students connect how logarithms work to the real world example of financing a car. Students will use a formula to calculate the number of months it will take them to pay off a car loan based on the amount of the loan, the amount of the monthly car payment, and an interest rate which they will get from an internet resource. The student worksheet for this lesson may be downloaded here

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Education
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
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Lecture Notes
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01/14/2011
Mad Cow Disease
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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 Mad Cow Disease has remained a challenge to scientists and regulatory commissions since its discovery in 1986. This ’˘Î—ΓHot Topic’˘Î—Ν on Mad Cow Disease was compiled by Sonia Clayton, PhD, James Denk, MA, and Nancy Moreno, PhD, and contains a brief discussion of the how the disease effects cattle and humans, as well as prevention information. Also included are references and links for further reading at the bottom of the page. On the right hand side of the page a related slide set is available for viewing as well as several links to related news stories.

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Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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Clayton, Sonia
Denk, James
Moreno, Nancy
Date Added:
01/22/2004
Maths Online Gallery
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Provided by the University of Vienna’˘Î—ÎČs futureMedia initiative, the Maths Online Gallery consists of a large collection of extremely useful interactive learning units that demonstrate mathematical concepts. A large number of interactive modules exist in such areas as analytic geometry, trigonometric functions, probability and statistics, integration, Fourier series, as well as model-building and simulation. The gallery was started in 1998 and new learning units are being continually added. This is an especially good resource for college and university teachers looking for in-class interactive illustrations of a large array of basic and advanced mathematical concepts.

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Education
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Data Set
Simulation
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11/14/2007
The Missing Link
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This case study sets students up to examine primate skulls and develop their understanding of skull anatomy. Students will begin to recognize some of the differences between apes and humans. The material would be most appropriate 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
Material Type:
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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Strasser, M. Elizabeth
Date Added:
09/02/2000
Modeling Data- Building Permit Data
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This lesson uses data from the United States Federal Statistics database to help students in understanding how to determine a mathematical model that best fits a data set. Students will plot building permit data over a period of time for specific cities in the United States. They will also make predictions about the number of permits issued for a particular year. Student materials are available for download here (first row, second column of table).

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Education
Mathematics
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Data Set
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12/22/2010
Monte Carlo Estimation for Pi
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This is the description and instructions for the Monte Carlo Estimation of Pi applet. It is a simulation of throwing darts at a figure of a circle inscribed in a square. It shows the relationship between the geometry of the figure and the statistical outcome of throwing the darts.

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Mathematics
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Data Set
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Lesson Plan
Simulation
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McGath, Gary
Trunfio, Paul
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10/16/1996
Monthly Mortgage Payment
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This lesson helps students to understand how home mortgages work. They will learn to substitute values into an algebraic formula using order of operations, interpret interest rates for home mortgages, navigate a real estate website to find a home in a desired city and calculate monthly mortgage payments for different terms. A student worksheet for this lesson can be downloaded here.

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Education
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
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01/13/2011
Mystery in Alaska: Why Have All the Sea Lions Gone?
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This interdisciplinary case study looks at the importance of energy considerations within food chains using the example of Steller sea lions along the western Alaska coast. The lesson could be used in high school or undergraduate coursework, specifically in conjunction with biology or ecology curriculum. 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
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Case Study
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Lesson Plan
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Dinan, Frank J.
Larson, Renee
Stabler, Thomas R.
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11/03/2009
Noise Pollution
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This learning activity from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) will provide students with a field exercise that allows them to measure noise pollution and interpret the data collected. The field exercise should take about 2-3 hours to complete, depending upon travel time to sample sites, 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
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Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
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Winterbottom, Wesley L.
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02/14/2011
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
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This website serves as a primer for understanding the fundamentals of NMR spectroscopy. Plenty of useful figures and animations that enhance the understanding of nuclear spin, shielding, and how these phenomena serve as the basis for NMR.

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Technology
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
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05/18/2011
Operating Systems: Deadlock
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This lesson plan, created by members of the computer science department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), provides a nice look at deadlock in computer operating systems. The resource begins with an overview of different definitions of operating systems. The authors remind users that: "one definition of an operating system is simply a resource allocator." This allocation process sometimes becomes congested. At this point, it experiences deadlock. The lesson plan uses the analogy of a traffic jam to convey this point. The authors discuss causes, solutions, and prevention methods to help alleviate this bothersome issue. The coverage is thorough, but it never bogs visitors down due to overly complex or unnecessary jargon. Overall, this is certainly a useful resource for anyone in computer science education.

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Technology
Mathematics
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Reading
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Date Added:
06/30/2009
Origin of Chromatography
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This site has a series of links to QuickTime movies that animate the chromatographic process. The movies show the effect of changing K, L, and N on peak width and separation. The site is useful in combination with other sources that explain the background theory.

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Technology
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
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Lesson Plan
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Lisensky, George
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05/18/2011
Osmosis is Serious Business!
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This case study examines different aspects of osmosis in living cells. Both plant and human cells are examined, specifically the hypertonic environment's influence on the different types of cells. The lesson could be used in high school or undergraduate coursework. 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
Mathematics
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Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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Nash, Troy R.
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12/15/2008
PBS Teachers: Math
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PBS has developed a number of websites for educators, and their PBS Teachers site has received a number of accolades and high praise from diverse quarters. First-time visitors to the site may wish to first use the drop-down menus here to select a grade range and a topic that interests them. After doing so, a set of relevant materials will be offered to them, organized by topic and intended grade level. Also, visitors who sign up can customize their searches and sign up for reminders and newsletters. The site also provides definitions of the general topics, such as applied mathematics, discrete mathematics, and statistics. If visitors find themselves a bit overwhelmed, they can also just click on some of the ’˘Î—ΓFeatured Educational Resources’˘Î—Ν to get a feel for the materials contained within the site’˘Î—ÎČs archive.

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Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Lesson Plan
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04/20/2007
PH Studies
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This learning activity from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) asks students to perform chemical analysis on different substances (common items like shampoo, vinegar and baking soda can be used) according to standard procedural methods. The lesson should require about one class session to complete. 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
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
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Lesson Plan
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Ritter, Robin
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03/01/2011
Phoenix Mars Mission: Mars 101
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This tutorial provides an overview of the current state of knowledge about the planet Mars. The introductory section describes the Martian surface, atmosphere and weather, gravity, and other general features. There are also sections on Mars' polar regions, habitability and the odds that life may exist, the occurrence of water, and the climate history of Mars.

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Education
Mathematics
Geoscience
Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Reading
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09/01/2010
Plants in Space
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The BioEd Online website is giving interested parties everywhere the opportunity to learn from plants in space. Created in partnership with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and BioServe Space Technologies of the University of Colorado, the project brings together plants from the International Space Station and plants grown by young people in their respective classrooms. The videos and teacher's guides here will let students perform their own experiments in the classroom based on data from space. Visitors will find PowerPoint presentations here for use in the classroom, along with videos of the plants in different states of germination. The site is rounded out by detailed information about this type of scientific investigation and the National Science Education Standards.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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12/21/2011
Polynomial Functions and Mathematical Modeling
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Using this Real World Learning Object, students will use data collected from the Global Sun ’˘Î—Ζ Temperature Telecollaborative project to learn how ’˘Î—Γlinear functions, quadratic functions and other high-order polynomials can be used to model relationships.’˘Î—Ν Over the course of the exercises included in the present learning object, ’˘Î—Γstudents will examine and evaluate a number of models created using archived data collected in this project and [t]hey will decide which model best fits the data based on a variety of criteria.’˘Î—Ν This is a useful resource for math and science teachers attempting to teach introductory mathematical modeling techniques.

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Geoscience
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Assessment
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
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McKay, Mercedes
Date Added:
11/22/2007
Population Explosion Using an Exponential Function
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This intermediate algebra lesson has students use data from the U.S. Census Bureau's website to explore population growth and exponential functions. The learning object demonstrates how these mathematical functions can be used in a real world situation. Student materials, which include a continuous change model worksheet and a constant rate growth model worksheet, can be found here (the fourth row, second column of the table).

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Education
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
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Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
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01/05/2011
Practical Algebra Lessons
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Brought to you by Elizabeth Stapel and purplemath.com, this collection of learning modules contains over 100 mathematics modules designed to teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced algebra concepts. Some algebra topics include graphic linear equations; adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing polynomials; and solving linear and literal equations. Intermediate algebra topics include domain and range, even and odd functions, factor theorem, and solving systems of non-linear equations. Finally, advanced algebra topics include complex fractions, complex numbers, matrix addition and subtraction, and partial fraction decomposition. This is a great reference and teaching resource for teachers and students of introductory algebra courses. This is an especially good resource for teachers looking for in-class illustrations of fundamental algebra concepts.

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Algebra
Geoscience
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Lesson Plan
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
Stapel, Elizabeth
Date Added:
10/19/2007
Pressure in Fluids
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This simple resource, created by Porter W. Johnson of Illinois Institute of Technology, features activities for upper level high school students about the properties of fluids under a variety of circumstances. Students will also understand the importance of pressure in fluid behavior and how it pertains to everyday life. The page includes objectives, needed materials, strategy, performance assessments and conclusions.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Date Added:
02/07/2008
Search for the Missing Sea Otters: An Ecological Detective Story
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This case study helps students in understanding how to apply ecological principles to a real-life environmental problem. Data having to do with the decline in sea otter population in Alaska will be used to practice testable hypotheses. The lesson could be used in high school or undergraduate biology coursework. 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
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Material Type:
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
Allen, Mary
Kuhlmann, Mark L.
Date Added:
03/14/2002
Submersible Designer
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In this lesson students will discover how a submersible's design enables humans to explore the deep ocean. As a result of doing this activity, students will understand that the physical features of water can be restrictive to movement. They will also understand the importance of design in underwater vehicles by designing their own submersible and how submersibles such as Alvin and the Autonomous Benthic Explorer (ABE) use energy, buoyancy, and gravity to enable them to move through the water. This hands-on activity uses online data resources and includes: focus questions, learning objectives, teaching time, audio/visual materials needed, background information, learning procedures, evaluations, extensions, as well as resources and student handouts.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Date Added:
06/02/2007
Those Old Kentucky Blues: An Interrupted Case Study
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This case study involves the topics of pedigree, genetics and inheritance. The condition methemoglobinemia is explored through the example of the blue people of Kentucky. The material would be appropriate for upper level 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
Chemistry
Geoscience
Material Type:
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
Huskey, Robert J.
Leander, Celeste A.
Date Added:
03/04/2008
To Invest or Not to Invest
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This lesson plan introduces students to stock prices and allows them to use stock data to construct line graphs. They will calculate percent increase or decrease for a few different stocks, calculating mean, median, and mode for their different prices. This information will be used to make predictions about one or two of the stocks. This lesson may easily be used in conjunction with economics coursework. Student materials may be found here (fifth row, second column of table).

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Date Added:
12/14/2010
Tom Clothier's Garden Walk and Talk
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This impressive website was created by long-time gardener Tom Clothier as an archive for numerous gardening articles, germination databases, and photos. The 314 pages in this online archive were "developed as a public service in the spirit of cooperative extension." The site is free of advertisements and was designed to accommodate children researchers as well. The website provides information on seed starting, garden design, aphids, native pollinators, and much more. The site also offers an extensive photo album of Mr. Clothier's flowers which are listed by Scientific Name, Common Name, and Variety / Color.

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
Clothier, Tom
Date Added:
08/01/2007
Tools for Understanding Math
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The lessons, activities, and other materials at this site are designed to enable math teachers to develop a multimedia teaching approach to math. This site provides resources such as spreadsheets, calculators, and pertinent software. While much of this site focuses on mathematics, there are a number of lessons and activities that are intended to blend mathematics with writing and make use of mathematical reasoning in other content areas such as social studies.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Date Added:
04/03/2008