How to obtain particles to accelerate
Where do the particles come from that are accelerated in a particle accelerator? In this portion of a particle physics tutorial, three sources of particles are described for students. The first source is electrons, which come from heated metals. The second is protons, which are available from ionized hydrogen. Antiparticles are the third source. They are collected by magnetic fields after particles smash targets. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
Whats It Like Where You Live? Desert
This site provides excellent background information on deserts. Large print and superb pictures make this site very appealing to younger students. Topics include: What is a Desert Like?, Types of Deserts, What causes Deserts?, Deserts of the World, Desert Plants, Desert Animals, and links to other desert sites.
This easy to read page includes a biography of Chadwick who discovered the neutron, a photo of Chadwick and links to related people such as Rutherford.
Students solve and reduce fractional equations by playing Soccer Shootout. Levels of difficulty range from Easy to Super Brain and users can practice the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions. Fractions with like and unlike denominators are included. Students play against the computer and are provided with the correct answer when a wrong one is entered.
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
This is the homepage of the Fast Plants organization. Fast Plants are inexpensive seeds which take approximately 2 weeks from planting to flowering. The website includes seed ordering, growing directions, and activities.
The Tropical Meteorology Project
This site includes a link to Tropical Storm Forecast, yearly forecasts for tropical storms, named storms, typhoons, hurricanes, and intense hurricanes include the current forecast and archived forecasts. Other links lead to weather products, research, and articles from The Tropical Meteorology Project, Colorado State University Researchers, and the Tropical Storm Research community from around the world. There are also tropical storm frequently asked questions about typhoons, hurricanes, and oth
Computer systems analyst
What do computer systems analysts actually do? This is the introductory page for a set of materials about a career as a computer systems analyst. Here the job of a computer systems analyst is defined and described. In the rest of the resource, students can examine three specialized job titles associated with computer system specialists: computer system administrator, senior network analyst, and programmer analyst. Students can view video clips of the computer system administrator, senior network
This web page offers basic illustrated information about Pythagoras and the famous equation he and his followers are credited with developing. The page contains a link to an applet that demonstrates the meaning of the equation. From the applet, links to three problems show the equation's application in baseball, scaling a wall, and in construction. This web page requires the student know what a right triangle is and how area is measured. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
Early algebra, early arithmetic : class materials
This site contains access to over 50 lessons developed as part of a research project that examines how students develop algebraic thinking. The lessons offer teachers in grades 1-6 and parents ideas for situating arithmetic in the context of algebra. The aim of the lessons is to inspire teachers to try new approaches to teaching mathematics. The first lesson is very detailed and provides an introduction to the concepts in later lessons. The use of lessons in sequential order allows students to s
Pi = 3.14159...
What is Pi? Who first used Pi? How do you find it? How many digits is it?
Problems with a Point
A collection of problems designed to help students in grades 6-12 learn new mathematical ideas by building on old ones. Varying in difficulty and approaches, these problems are useful for teachers, students, parents, math clubs, home-schoolers, and others. Problems are classified by topic, time required, suggested technology, required mathematical background, and habits of mind that students develop or use as they work. Synopses of the problems are keyword searchable. Answers and solutions are p
Cups and Volume
How can I calculate the volume of a box, if I know how many cups of rice fill it? And how can 2 cups be a volume measure?
Population Growth in Yeasts
This lesson is the second of two that explore cellular respiration and population growth in yeasts. In the first lesson, students set up a simple way to indirectly observe and quantify the amount of respiration occurring in yeast-molasses cultures. Based on questions that arose during the first lesson and its associated activity, in this lesson students work in small groups to design experiments that will determine how environmental factors affect yeast population growth.
Building Tetrahedral Kites
Working in teams of four, you and your team will build a tetrahedral kite following a specific set of directions and using specific provided materials. You will use basic processes of manufacturing systems – cutting, shaping, forming, conditioning, assembling, joining, finishing, and quality control – to manufacture a complete tetrahedral kite within a given time frame. Evaluation of your project will involve the efficiency of your team as well as your finished product.
Using their knowledge of physics, students will build a wind chime. Mathematical computations will be done to determine the length of the pipes.
Matching the Motion
Students will learn about slope, determining slope, distance vs. time graphs through a motion filled activity. They will be split into groups with calculators and CBL motion detectors and attempt to match the graphs and equations given to them with the output from the detector that is displayed on their calculators.
Magnetic Fields Matter
This lesson introduces students to the effects of magnetic fields in matter addressing permanent magnets, diamagnetism, paramagnetism, ferromagnetism, and magnetization. First students must compare the magnetic field of a solenoid to the magnetic field of a permanent magnet. Students then learn the response of diamagnetic, paramagnetic, and ferromagnetic material to a magnetic field. Now aware of the mechanism causing a solid to respond to a field, students learn how to measure the response by l
Energy Transfer in Musical Instruments
This lesson covers concepts of energy and energy transfer utilizing energy transfer in musical instruments as an example. More specifically, the lesson explains the two different ways in which energy can be transferred between a system and its environment. The law of conservation of energy will also be taught. Example systems will be presented to students (two cars on a track and a tennis ball falling to the ground) and students will be asked to make predictions and explain the energy transfer m
Conduction, Convection, and Radiation
With the help of simple, teacher-led demonstration activities, students learn the basic concepts of heat transfer by means of conduction, convection, and radiation. Students then apply these concepts as they work in teams to solve two problems. One problem requires that they maintain the warm temperature of one soda can filled with water at approximately body temperature, and the other problem is to cause an identical soda can of warm water to cool as much as possible during the same thirty-minu
Lost in the Amazon
The Lost in the Amazon curricular unit is a series of minds-on and hands-on engineering activities based in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Motivated by an adventurous theme, students discover, learn and apply the following: 1) Classification of Plants and Insects; 2) General Categorizing Skills; 3) Process Skills: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking; 4) Scientific Testing and Experimentation; 5) Properties of Materials The investigative, exploratory and problem solving nature of Lost in the