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AMSER (Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for those in community and technical colleges, but free for anyone to use. AMSER is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the National Science Digital Library, and is being created by a team of project partners led by Internet Scout.

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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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Life Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
GrandPr„ďŠ, Tadzia
GrandPr’ул©, Tadzia
Date Added:
03/21/2007
Aerodynamics: The Mathematical Implications
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This unit from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute is "an attempt to develop a unit in mathematics that will provide topics for students interested in the aviation trades." The unit can be used to cover all areas of mathematics from areas in geometry sectors to basic addition of fraction and decimal numbers. These general math concepts will be introduced using aerodynamics and aviation language and it is hoped that students will begin "to understand the applicability of some of the mathematics concepts they have learned." This curriculum unit also includes sample lesson plans and references.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
Smikle, Hermine E.
Date Added:
03/11/2000
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.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
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.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
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.

Subject:
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
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.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
Bledsoe, Karen E.
Date Added:
06/26/2009
Bald Eagle
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Journey North hosts this site, which tracks migrating bald eagles through the spring of 2004, providing migration updates, information about tracking bald eagle migration, and related educational lessons and activities. These activities include tracking eagle migrations, eagle characteristics, reproduction, food, and conservation. The "Challenge Questions" section contains hundreds of quiz questions about not only the bald eagle, but hummingbirds, whooping cranes, and robins.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Date Added:
10/16/2004
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.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Date Added:
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."

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
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.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
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.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
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.

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

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Data Set
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Date Added:
12/20/2010
Blue Crabs in the Chesapeake
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This resource is a classroom unit and data activity focusing on juvenile and adult blue crab distribution in the Chesapeake Bay. The pdf includes background on crab biology, anatomy, life cycle, and fisheries. Authentic data tables are provided for in-class analysis and discussion questions guide inquiry.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
Clark, Vicki P.
Lawrence, Lisa
Musick, Susanna
Van Montfrans, Jacques
Date Added:
06/13/2011
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.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
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.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
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.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Chemistry
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Date Added:
01/04/2011
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.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
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.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
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.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Material Type:
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
Riffle, Lisa
Date Added:
10/17/2007