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Analysis of Simple Harmonic Oscillator in a Single Video Clip
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One video clip, with embedded graphs, can be used to help students understand the mathematical relationships that describe simple harmonic motion.

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Force/Motion/Energy
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Lecture
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Peter Bohacek
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Bioinformatics
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This exercise contains two interrelated modules that introduce students to modern biological techniques in the area of Bioinformatics, which is the application of computer technology to the management of biological information. The need for Bioinformatics has arisen from the recent explosion of publicly available genomic information, such as that resulting from the Human Genome Project.

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Living Systems and Processes
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Monica Bruckner
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Coke vs. Pepsi Taste Test: Experiments and Inference about Cause
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The Coke vs. Pepsi Taste Test Challenge has students design and carry out an experiment to determine whether or not students are able to correctly identify two brands of cola in a blind taste test. In the first stage of the activity students design and conduct the experiment. In the second part of the activity students use Sampling SIM software (freely downloadable from http://www.tc.umn.edu/~delma001/stat_tools/) to simulate and gather information on what would be expected under chance conditions (i.e., if students obtained correct answers only by guessing). The students then compare the observed results to the chance results and make an inference about whether a given student can in fact correctly identify Coke and Pepsi in a blind taste test. Finally, the experiment is critiqued in terms of how well it met the standards for a good experiment. This activity allows students to gain a better understanding of the experimental process and causality through considering control, random assignment, and possible confounding variables. The activity also allows students to begin to understand the process of hypothesis testing by comparing their observed results of the taste test to the results obtained through Sampling SIM (which model would be obtained by chance). Students make an inference about whether particular students in their class can truly tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi by reasoning about how surprising the observed results are compared to the simulated distribution of correct identifications by guessing. The activity also provides an opportunity for discussing generalizability to a population.

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Mathematics
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Joan Garfield
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Comparing Carbon Calculators
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Carbon calculators, no matter how well intended as tools to help measure energy footprints, tend to be black boxes and can produce wildly different results, depending on the calculations used to weigh various energy factors. By comparing different calculators, learners can analyze which ones are the most accurate and relevant, and which are the most transparent.

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Earth Resources
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Author:
Mark McCaffrey
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Conservation of Energy of While Rolling Down a Hill
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Students analyze video clips of kids rolling down a hill on skates, scooters, and bikes to determine whether mechanical energy is conserved.

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Force/Motion/Energy
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Lecture
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Peter Bohacek
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Conservation of Energy of a Rollercoaster Using High Speed Video
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A high speed video clip of a roller coaster is used as an example of conservation of mechanical energy. Students use the video to determine whether mechanical energy is conserved while the roller coaster rolls up, and then back down a hil.

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Force/Motion/Energy
Scientific and Engineering Practices
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Lecture
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Peter Bohacek
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Electrical Analysis of Wind Power
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For this experiment, students use a DC motor as a generator and various shaped turbine designs to test which design produces the most electrical power. Using a fan to generate the "wind", students attach different blades made of folded paper or card stock to the motor to see how much power is generated.

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Scientific and Engineering Practices
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Lina Jiang and Philip Peterson
Date Added:
05/29/2019
English Language Learners Create a Botanic Field Guide
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ELL students create and share a botanic field guide incorporating depiction, measurement, description, and classification of common Minnesota trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and plants.

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ESL
Living Systems and Processes
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Nenette Onstad
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Environmental impacts of oil production in Alaska
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An activity designed to enable the students to access the impact of oil-development on environmentin Alaska. Students will draw conclusion based on various data and reading various views.

Subject:
Living Systems and Processes
Matter
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Richa
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Estimating Primary Production in the Oceans from Satellite Data
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In this computer lab, students use satellite imagery, daylength information, and phytoplankton physiology models to calculate annual primary production for an assigned ocean region.Satellite data is obtained from the NASA Earth Observation website. Students use the analysis tool to determine chlorophyll concentration and sea surface temperature. They also receive a day-length calculator and are asked to model light transmission through the water column. Using step-by-step instructions and proviede equations relating phytoplankton physiology to irradiance and temperature students calculate carbon uptake at discreet locations in the water column. The second half of the exercise involves scaling up to the entire water column, region, and season. Students present their work to the class and evaluate their result using scientific literature. Differences between regions are then discussed by the class.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Living Systems and Processes
Matter
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Kevin Arrigo
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Investigating the Ocean:  Exploring ecological provinces using satellite imagery and oceanographic cruise data
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In this activity, students are split into groups and assigned different ocean regions. These include the Arabian Sea, Equatorial Pacific, North Atantic, and Southern Ocean. Each group uses Google Earth to view NASA satellite chlorophyll imagery and the cruise track of data collected as part of the U.S. Joint Global Ocean Flux Study. At three locations along each cruise track, chlorophyll-temperature-depth (CTD) and bottle data collected as part of the study can be downloaded. Students work with the data to identify oceanographic features as a function of depth and then make simple calculations.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Living Systems and Processes
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Kevin Arrigo
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Long Term Ecological Resources
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Students analyze data on temperature and precipitation collected from 26 different Long Term Ecological Research sites and compare them with annual net primary productivity. The students then form an ecological rule to explain their results.

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Living Systems and Processes
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Homework/Assignment
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Scott Cooper
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Measuring Velocity of Objects Using Video Clips
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Students learn to determine the velocity of moving objects by doing simple analysis of video clips.

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Force/Motion/Energy
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Lecture
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Peter Bohacek
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Medicine in the Body
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In this activity, we will explore how the dosage and frequency of a medicine taken affect the amount of medicine present in the blood.

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Business and Information Technology
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
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Lecture Notes
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Semra Kilic-Bahi
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Microsoft Excel Basic Tutorial
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This assignment walks students through the creation of an Excel spreadsheet, step by step. It includes numerical fills via copy, creation of fixed and relative formulas, formula fill via copy, and some summary functions.

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Mathematics
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Lecture Notes
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Dave Hirsch
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Monohybrid Fruit Fly Crosses: A Simulation
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This assignment uses a computer simulation of fruit fly genetics to have students design and interpret monohybrid crosses of a trait with simple dominant and recessive alleles. Detailed instructions with animated examples, background material, a sample report and a rubric are included.

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Living Systems and Processes
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Jeff Bell
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Phenylketonuira
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In this activity, students are assigned different alleles of the gene for phenylalanine hydroxylase to research using OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man). They are then asked to both explain and illustrate how this mutation may cause the disease phenylketonuria (PKU).

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Living Systems and Processes
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Homework/Assignment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Scott Cooper
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Plant Pest Control
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This learning experience introduces participants to scientific inquiry, hypothesis formation, experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation.

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Living Systems and Processes
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Jim Bidlack
Date Added:
05/29/2019