"Applied Geometric Algebra, Spring 2009"
" Laszlo Tisza was Professor of Physics Emeritus at MIT, where he began teaching in 1941. This online publication is a reproduction the original lecture notes for the course "Applied Geometric Algebra" taught by Professor Tisza in the Spring of 1976. Over the last 100 years, the mathematical tools employed by physicists have expanded considerably, from differential calculus, vector algebra and geometry, to advanced linear algebra, tensors, Hilbert space, spinors, Group theory and many others. Th
"Studies in Women's Life Narratives: Feminist Inquiry, Spring 2009"
" Feminist Inquiry starts with questions: What is feminism? What is feminist scholarship? Is feminist scholarship inherently interdisciplinary? Must feminist work interrogate disciplinarity? Must feminists collaborate? Our aim is to promote the development of feminist theory and methods by providing a forum for sharing, assessing, discussing and debating strategies used by feminist scholars to study topics such as gender and the body; sexualities; color and whiteness; migration, colonialism, and
Middle school meets evolution
Middle school teachers will find online resources in this publication that were hand-picked to assist them in teaching about evolution, the unifying theory in biological science.
Water Quality For Freshwater Organisms
This website features a field activity that demonstrates the effect of water temperature on the solubility of dissolved oxygen and how it relates to the gill beat rate of fish. The activity uses the Winkler method to measure dissolved oxygen.
Introduction to Ethical Studies
These readings provide convenient sources for almost anyone seeking to learn about ethics and ethical theory. Our present collection is composed almost entirely of public domain sources, edited and emended, and subject to the legal notice following the title page which references Appendix A.
What Experience Teaches: Anna Halprin
SPARK follows dance legend Anna Halprin, who at 85 years old continues to perform and create dances within the Bay Area and beyond. This Educator Guide introduces students to modern, postmodern, and contemporary dance, as well as to different applications for dance outside the field.
Statistics in Psychosocial Research: Measurement
Presents quantitative approaches to measurement in the psychological and social sciences. Topics include the principles of psychometrics, including reliability and validity; the statistical basis for latent variable analysis, including exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis and latent class analysis; and item response theory. Draws examples from the social sciences, including stress and distress, social class and socioeconomic status, personality; consumer satisfaction, functional impairme
What is Matter?
Our understanding of atoms has been formed through decades of experimentation. In this activity, students learn about the historical developments of atomic theory while labeling the new discoveries.
Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet, and Global Health
Supercourse is a global, continuously updated repository of lectures on public health and prevention targeting educators across the world. Supercourse has a network of over 32000 scientists in 151 countries who are sharing for free a library of over 2500 lectures. Originally funded three times by NASA, and now by the National Library of Medicine, this "Library of Lectures" has been developed from passionate scientific lectures from across the world. The result is a technology for inexpensive, su
Discharge and Sediment Transport in the Field
In this quantitative field activity, students collect field data on channel geometry, flow velocity, and bed materials. Using these data, they apply flow resistance equations (Manning and the depth slope product) and sediment transport relations (Shields curve) to estimate the bankfull discharge and ...
Understanding a bedload-dominated stream through spreadsheet modeling
The purpose of this lab exercise is to teach students to "think like a stream" by integrating modeling with field data to understand the nature of adjustments in bedload-dominated fluvial systems through the study of a piedmont alluvial stream and its deposits. This is a computer-based lab activity ...
Winter Field Lab: Pond Hydrology
This field activity may be implemented during late winter or early spring when things have not quite thawed. From a frozen pond, students collect bathymetric data, measure water temperature and conductivity, locate ground-water inputs, and extract a sediment core. Back in the lab, they make hand and computer-contoured bathymetric maps, temperature and conductivity cross-sections, and run visual-core log, loss-on-ignition, and magnetic susceptibility tests. Then they draw conclusions about water
Winter Field Lab: Snow Hydrology
This field activity may be implemented during late winter or early spring when things have not quite thawed. Students collect their own data from a snowpack, including measuring water equivalent, identifying types of snow metamorphism, finding evidence of precipitation patterns, and judging possible snowpack hazards. Back in the lab, students evaluate their data, draw conclusions, and make a report. This activity is designed for upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level geohydrology courses.
Illustrating Hillslope Diffusion with Physical and Numerical Models
In this lab exercise, students use hillslope evolution to examine how numerical theories are developed, how we might test this theory with an analog model, how numerical models are constructed and the limitations of numerical modeling. They do this by collecting hillslope data, constructing a model, ...
Issues of Culturally Responsive Educational Evaluation Pertaining to Native Americans
This 109-page PDF document provided a detailed account from a two-day workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources. The workshop's purpose was to discuss issues of culturally responsive educational evaluation as they pertain to Native Americans. The three major themes of the workshop were evaluation issues relating to the academic achievement of Native American students, education/training opportunities for Native American evaluators, and de
USGS Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations: Frequency Curves
This 21-page pdf file is Book 4, Chapter A2 of a series of manuals on techniques and procedures for planning and executing specialized work in water-resources investigations. It describes procedures for preparing frequency curves from samples of hydrologic data. It also discusses the theory of frequency curves, compares advantages of graphical and mathematical fitting, suggests methods of describing graphically defined frequency curves analytically, and emphasizes the correct interpretations of
Water Quality Acquisition
In this activity, students visit two sites to practice their field water sample collection and water quality assessment skills. They use a vertical well-water sampler and downhole water quality probes to measure groundwater conductivity, pH, and temperature at different depths in a landfill. Collected water conductivity data is contoured to map the distribution of a contaminant plume. Students then study acid mine drainage by using water quality meters to compare pH and conductivity values up an
Advanced Statistical Mechanics
Ensemble theory; noninteracting classical and quantum systems; cluster expansion for interacting systems, many body quantum mechanics, phase transitions, scaling, renormalisation; nonequilibrium thermodynamics; Boltzmann transport equation
Biomedical Engineering Design
This course presents a design philosophy and a design approach, dedicated to rehabilitation technology. This field was selected because of human-machine interaction is inherent and vital. Illustrative examples will be discussed by their entire design process
Mesoscopic physics is the area of Solid State physics that covers the transition regime between macroscopic objects and the microscopic, atomic world. The main goal of the course is to introduce the physical concepts underlying the phenomena in this field.