The Goldilocks Zone
This is an article from "Teachable Moments in the News," a newsletter that takes recent Earth and space science related news stories and places them in a context relevant to the science curriculum. This particular edition describes the Goldilocks Zone, a range of environmental conditions that can support life. Teachers are provided a brief introduction, relevant news links, and developed lesson plans. Some lessons are in PDF format. Activity themes include: exploration of environmental condition
German history in documents and images
German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) exhibits primary sources online to present a narrative of Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present. The site includes historical narrative overviews and original German texts, accompanied by new English translations. Short secondary historical narratives are prepared by a variety of current scholars who are specialists in relevant fields. The site is divided into ten sections according to historical time periods, w
Qualitative and quantitative research
Outlining the distinction between qualitative and quantitative methods of doing research.
Water Vapor Protocol
The purpose of this activity is to measure the total precipitable water vapor (column water vapor) in the atmosphere above an observer's site. Students point a GLOBE/GIFTS water vapor instrument at the sun and record the voltage readings from a digital voltmeter. They observe sky conditions near the Sun and perform the Cloud Protocols. Intended outcomes are that students understand the concept that the atmosphere prevents some of the sun's light from reaching Earth's surface, how water vapor mea
Soil: The Great Decomposer
The purpose of this resource is to understand that soil, under different environmental conditions, plays a role in the decomposition of organic materials. Students use bottle experiments to observe changes in the decomposition of vegetable scraps. Students vary temperature, moisture, and light conditions to determine the conditions that best facilitate the decomposition of organic material in soil.
Hurricane Katrina Impact Studies
This website is a cooperative research project between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the University of New Orleans. The goal of the project is to investigate coastal change that occurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The site includes aerial video, still photography, and laser altimetry surveys of post-storm beach conditions that were collected August 31 and September 1, 2005 for comparison with earlier data. The comparison data can be used to
Geothermal Energy and Geysers
This web page, created by the US Energy Information Administration, gives a description of geysers, where they are found, the conditions that create them, and the process of their eruptions. The geysers of Yellowstone National Park are described as the best collection of geysers in the world. The author notes that geothermal energy can be derived from geyser fields, but geothermal electricity production depletes the geysers' water and removes some of the available heat, reducing and sometimes de
20.441J Biomaterials-Tissue Interactions (MIT)
This course covers the principles of materials science and cell biology underlying the design of medical implants, artificial organs, and matrices for tissue engineering. Methods for biomaterials surface characterization and analysis of protein adsorption on biomaterials. Molecular and cellular interactions with biomaterials are analyzed in terms of unit cell processes, such as matrix synthesis, degradation, and contraction. Mechanisms underlying wound healing and tissue remodeling following imp
Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists
This site introduces students to archeology -- the study of material remains to learn about past human experiences. This lesson (Grades 3-8) discusses various challenges of an archaeologist: locating a site that will yield clues about the people who once lived there, conducting excavations, and more. Students identify artifacts from a contemporary setting, describe the function of each artifact, identify methods for dating soil layers, and interpret soil profiles.
QM Eigenstate Superposition Demo Model
The EJS QM Eigenstate Superposition Demo model displays the time dependence of a variety of superpositions of energy eigenfunctions for the infinite square well and harmonic oscillator potentials. One of the eleven pre-set superpositions can be selected via a drop-down menu with the resulting wave function shown in phase-as-color representation. A table of the expansion coefficients is shown and can be edited. The width of the infinite square well potential can be changed via a slider.
Lennard-Jones Potential Model
The EJS Lennard-Jones Potential model shows the dynamics of a particle of mass m within this potential. You can drag particle to change its position and you can drag the energy-line to change its total energy. The Lennard-Jones potential function is a reasonably accurate model of interactions between noble gas atoms. The binding energy epsilon is the depth of the potential well and minimum molecular separation are set equal to unity. This simulation uses uses a natural system of units the m
Radioactive Decay Model
The EJS Radioactive Decay Model simulates the decay of a radioactive sample using discrete random events. It displays the number of radioactive nuclei as a function of time. You can change the initial number of nuclei and the decay constant as well as changing the plot to a semi-log plot.
Balls in a Box Model
The Balls in a Box model shows a system of particles is very sensitive to its initial conditions. In general, an isolated system of many particles that is prepared in a nonrandom configuration will change in time so as to approach its most random configuration where it is in equilibrium. What happens if we choose the initial conditions in a very special way? The default initial condition corresponds to eight stationary particles perfectly aligned on the x-axis. Two particles approach from the l
Ejs Wave Representations Model
The EJS Wave Representations model displays two representations of a sinusoidal wave on a string. One shows a movie of the wave traveling along a string - you can think of this representation as a sequence of photographs. The second representation is a plot of the displacement as a function of time for two points on the string (you can select which two points to use). Using only these two representations, you can determine the values of many different parameters that describe the wave.
La mondialisation - Serge Champeau
Une conférence de l'UTLS au Lycée
La mondialisation par Serge Champeau
Lycée Montdory (63 Thiers)
Une conférence de l'UTLS au Lycée
La mondialisation par Serge Champeau
Lycée Montdory (63 Thiers)
Tracing Genetic Ancestry Using DNA Microarrays
In this lesson students will read and discuss an article about genetic ancestry and genetic ancestry testing. 2. Apply knowledge of DNA and heredity to understand DNA microarrays, and concepts of genetic mutation and ancestry tracking. 3. Mimic the function of a DNA microarray used for genetic ancestry analysis by completing a paper-and-pencil activity. 4. Discuss the ethics of genetic testing in medical research.
Kamchatka: Siberia's Forbidden Wilderness
These lessons are designed for earth science and biology students in middle and high school classrooms, though extension suggestions for older and younger students will allow you to adapt each lesson for younger and older audiences. The lessons are designed to complement the Living Edens: Kamchatka program; each lesson will indicate clips from the program that focus on the topic at hand, though the lessons function equally well as stand-alone content.
Survival of the Fittest Microbes: Examining the Conditions of One River and the Microbes that Thrive
In this lesson, created for grades 6 - 12, students learn about the harsh conditions of Spain's Rio Tinto River and research the microbes that nonetheless manage to thrive there. They then synthesize their knowledge by creating a reality television program set in the Rio Tinto in which the microbes are the "contestants." The lesson includes an article about the Rio Tinto with accompanying questions, a detailed classroom activity, vocabulary list, discussion questions, extension activities, inter
Star Library: Regression - Residuals - Why?
As teachers of statistics, we know that residual plots and other diagnostics are important to deciding whether or not linear regression is appropriate for a set of data. Despite talking with our students about this, many students might believe that if the correlation coefficient is strong enough, these diagnostic checks are not important. The data set included in this activity was created to lure students into a situation that looks on the surface to be appropriate for the use of linear regressi
Environmental Decision Making
Using the Extend 'connect-the-components' visual programming, students can model and simulate ecosystems including social and economic forces as well as study parameter variations to develop an understanding of ecosystem function and productivity. By making 'what if...' changes in the model, the effects of various proposed decisions about the environment can then be shown. EDM includes three ecological systems: Ponds, Grasslands, and Logging. Students can predict results of changes in the mode