Unearthing Clues to Martian Fossils
This news article examines how scientists are looking at sites on Earth, especially Mono Lake in central California, to see how evidence of past life on Mars might be preserved. A selection of links to related topics is provided.
Visit to an Ocean Planet: Fathometer in a Box
This classroom activity gives students an introduction to depth sounding and mapping ocean topography. The materials include an overview, concepts, a materials list, and instructions. Terms are linked to a glossary and a list of related sites is included.
Homework for Resonant Tunneling Diodes
This homework assignment was created for EE 218 "Introduction to Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology" (Stanford University). It includes a couple of simple "warm up" exercises and two design problems, intended to teach students the electronic properties of resonant tunneling diodes and carbon nanotubes, ...
Homework for Circuit Simulation: ECE 255
This collection of homeworks is used in ECE 255 "Introduction to Electronic Analysis and Design" (Purdue University). Students do their work, or sometimes check their work, by using the Spice 3F4 simulator on nanoHUB.org.
Statistics Online Compute Resources
This site offers software tools, instructional materials and online tutorials about college-level probability and statistics. The SOCR tool has interactive graphs and information about dozens of distribution models, as well as a large collection of statistical techniques for online data analysis, visualization, ...
Introduction and Textures and Structures of Igneous Rock
These lecture notes provide an introduction to igneous rocks. The notes cover information about characteristics of magmas, plutonic rocks, volcanic rocks, and textures of igneous rocks. There are several illustrations within the text. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html
Introduction to Petrography
This Introduction to Petrography homepage from the University of Houston contains a variety of instructional materials. Topics covered include tectonics, the rock cycle, mineralogy, sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic petrology, classification, phase diagrams, and magmatic differentiation. There are ...
"Principles of Digital Communication I, Fall 2009"
" The course serves as an introduction to the theory and practice behind many of today's communications systems. 6.450 forms the first of a two-course sequence on digital communication. The second class, 6.451 Principles of Digital Communication II, is offered in the spring. Topics covered include: digital communications at the block diagram level, data compression, Lempel-Ziv algorithm, scalar and vector quantization, sampling and aliasing, the Nyquist criterion, PAM and QAM modulation, signal
"Introduction to Neuroscience, Fall 2007"
" This course is an introduction to the mammalian nervous system, with emphasis on the structure and function of the human brain. Topics include the function of nerve cells, sensory systems, control of movement, learning and memory, and diseases of the brain."
"Brain Structure and Its Origins, Spring 2009"
" Outline of mammalian functional neuroanatomy, aided by studies of comparative neuroanatomy and evolution, and of brain development. Topics include early steps to a central nervous system, basic patterns of brain and spinal cord connections, regional development and differentiation, regeneration, motor and sensory pathways and structures, systems underlying motivations, innate action patterns, formation of habits, and various cognitive functions. Lab techniques reviewed. Optional brain dissect
"Frameworks and Models in Engineering Systems / Engineering System Design, Spring 2007"
" This class provides an introduction to quantitative models and qualitative frameworks for studying complex engineering systems. Also taught is the art of abstracting a complex system into a model for purposes of analysis and design while dealing with complexity, emergent behavior, stochasticity, non-linearities and the requirements of many stakeholders with divergent objectives. The successful completion of the class requires a semester-long class project that deals with critical contemporary
"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
"Statistics and Visualization for Data Analysis and Inference, January IAP 2009"
" A whirl-wind tour of the statistics used in behavioral science research, covering topics including: data visualization, building your own null-hypothesis distribution through permutation, useful parametric distributions, the generalized linear model, and model-based analyses more generally. Familiarity with MATLAB®, Octave, or R will be useful, prior experience with statistics will be helpful but is not essential. This course is intended to be a ground-up sketch of a coherent, alternative per
"Passing: Flexibility in Race and Gender, Spring 2009"
" This course is primarily a literature seminar. We will use American literature as a lens through which to examine different passing tropes. It will provide an introduction to queer, gender, and critical race theories for science and math majors. We will read such works as Running A Thousand Miles for Freedom, Incognegro, and Focault's A History of Sexuality, to name just a few."
Ratios for all occasions
A central theme in the middle school mathematics curriculum, proportional reasoning is based on making sense of ratios in a variety of contexts. The resources chosen for this unit provide practice in solving problems, often informally, in the format of ga
Power and Politics: ELP - Lesson 1
This is the first in a series of three lessons. Beginning with an introduction to political ideology, these ELP modules proceed to a study of the American political process and elections.
Power and Politics: ELP - Lesson 3
Students will work in groups to organize a political campaign that they present in class. This is the third in a series of three lessons. Beginning with an introduction to political ideology, the modules proceed to a study of the American political process and elections.
Trailblazers: Paul Kos
Paul Kos helped define a Bay Area approach to Conceptual art that emphasizes the elegant use of materials to explore issues of perception, social relations, and life activities. SPARK gets an introduction to his 30-year body of provocative and humorous work at the first major retrospective exhibition ...
In Respect of Nature: Roman Loranc
Spark visits photographer Roman Loranc as he captures arresting images of the Central Valley landscape. This Educator Guide is about photography, landscape photography and Romanticism as a creative approach in art making.
Seasonal Migrations: Hummingbird
Students map the remarkable northward journey of these tiny jewels from Central America and Mexico to Canada and Alaska. Through these interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. Guidelines, lessons, activities, reading connections, and interactive maps are included for each study. Spring Only: Weekly updates: Thursdays, February-May.