Tocqueville's America is another project of the American Studies Programs at The University of Virginia. In this project we take up the task of re-contextualizing Alexis de Tocqueville's famous political and cultural analysis of American democracy. Our objective is, over time, to return that book -- arguably still one of the most influential works in political thought -- to its origins, to the America of 1831-32 . For it was on that very specific ground and at that very specific historical momen
Why Teach Inquiry-Based Labs?
Teaching science in the classroom is not always easy. We understand that and hope some of the materials here help you. We recommend teaching science using hands-on and inquiry based activities.
Money Math: Lessons for Life
In these four lessons students learn: 1. How saving helps people become wealthy. They develop "rules to become a millionaire" as they work through a series of exercises, learning that it is important to: save early and often, save as much as possible, earn compound interest, try to earn a high interest rate, leave deposits and interest earned in the account as long as possible, and choose accounts for which interest is compounded often. This lesson assumes that students have worked with percents
Calculators, Automobiles and Climate Change
As a homework assignment, students gather information on their family car(s) and use a Web-based calculator to help them evaluate the potential for reducing CO2 emissions by choosing to use automobiles with higher fuel efficiency. As a class, students evaluate the potential for their community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions though the use of more fuel-efficient cars.
The Financial Crisis: Who is to Blame?
There is still no consensus on who or what caused the financial crisis which engulfed the world, beginning in the summer of 2007. A huge number of suspects have been identified, from greedy investment bankers, through feckless borrowers, dilatory regulators and myopic central bankers to violent video games and high levels of testosterone among the denizens of trading floors. There is not even agreement on whether the crisis shows a need for more government intervention in markets, or less: some
IPL: Research at the Interface - Food science, Microbiology, Marine Science and Chemistry
Professor Phil Bremer, Department of Food Science, Division of Science. Inaugural Professorial Lecture, given on November 18, 2010. Held November 24, 2010.
Yemen's leader vows to stay
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he will not be forced out by the current unrest, in the face of "unacceptable" demands by protesters.
Figuring Out Mood and Tone in a Story
This professionally-made video from Brain Pop uses simple terms and computer animation to help explain what the mood and tone is in a story. Written examples are included in the video to help explain. Key vocabulary words also include: tone, syntax, diction, mood, and setting. Run time 03:36.
Astronaut at a Glance: Robert L. Behnken
A short autobiographical summary of Robert L. Behnken. HD download link: https://archive.org/details/NASAAstronautBiographicalVideos
21L.705 Major Authors: Oscar Wilde and the '90's (MIT)
At this distance Oscar Wilde seems not only to be on the threshold between centuries and between cultural-systems: in many ways he seems to be the threshold. His aesthetics look backwards to the aestheticism of Pater and the moral sensibility of Ruskin, and they look forward to Modernism. His antecedents are 18th century playwrights, and he opened a path of irony and structural self-reflexivity that leads to Beckett and Tom Stoppard. He was Irish but achieved his great successes in England. Argu
Science Studio vol 028 - Topic: The future of oceans: BOFFF or bust? - Guest: Jane Lubchenco
Course - Group - Science Studio vol 028 - Topic: The future of oceans: BOFFF or bust? - Guest: Jane Lubchenco - Arizona State University > Science Studio > Science Studio vol 028 - Topic: The future of oceans: BOFFF or bust? - Guest: Jane Lubchenco
31 Jan 2011: Comprehensive Tax Reform in 2011
Two distinguished economists at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy discuss their report calling for comprehensive reform of the nation's corporate and personal income tax system. John Diamond, the Baker Institute's Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance, and George Zodrow, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Economics at Rice University and a Baker Institute Rice Scholar, argue that the time is right to undertake such an overhaul. The discussion is mo
How to Make Your Dorm Room Livable
This video provides sugggestions for utilizing dorm rooms effectively. Some suggestions given are buying reversible extra-long bedding, raising bed to create storage underneath, and using rugs to create a warmer atmosphere. An actual dorm room and students are shown. ( Students attending boarding schools could also benefit from these suggestions.) ( 1:55)
Science Studio vol 060 - Topic: Structured space: archeology and the urban neighborhood - Guest: Jil
Course - Group - Science Studio vol 060 - Topic: Structured space: archeology and the urban neighborhood - Guest: Jill Grant - Arizona State University > Science Studio > Science Studio vol 060 - Topic: Structured space: archeology and the urban neighborhood - Guest: Jill Grant
Pictures Please: Traveling Light
In this lesson, students learn that light travels in a straight line from a light source and that ray diagrams help us understand how an image will be created by a lens. In the accompanying activity, students explore the concepts behind the workings of a pinhole camera.
Plantations in Ireland - Primary Sources
Visual and primary sources of information relating to the Plantations in Ireland with a range of challenging questions for students to complete.