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Atoms in Motion

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This app for iPad devices is a fully interactive atomistic simulation that shows the motions of atoms as they attract, repel, and collide with one another. With the tap or swipe of a finger, students can add, delete, or highlight molecules, as well as increase/decrease temperature, pressure, or volume and explore the states of matter. An associated simulation, Salts, allows students to manipulate atoms and ions to join to form crystals.

Material Type: Interactive

Author: Atoms in Motion, LLC

AMS/COMET/MSC Mountain Weather Workshop, August 2008, Whistler, BC

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In August 2008, the "Mountain Weather Workshop: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Forecasting" was held in Whistler, BC, Canada. It was sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, UCAR/COMET, and the Meteorological Service of Canada. The workshop brought together researchers, faculty, students, and operational forecasters. Its primary goals were to help provide a better understanding of the state of the science of mountain meteorology from both a research and an operational perspective, and to discuss ways of improving interaction between the research and forecasting communities. The workshop consisted of lectures by distinguished speakers covering numerous topics related to weather in complex terrain. This webcast collection contains recordings of the presentations from the workshop.

Material Type: Module

Author: COMET

AP Environmental Science Course Syllabus

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This AP Environmental Science class is intended to meet the same objectives as a first-year college-based course. However, the method of instruction for this course is unique compared to similar courses because we have adopted a project-based learning (PBL) approach. Although PBL may take many forms, our approach involves student investigations and simulations that require students to think like scientists, policymakers, farmers, and other adults in real-world settings. Teachers engage students in collaborative problem solving, argumentation, and deep exploration of the concepts and principles of the discipline. The goal for student learning is understanding rather than relying on rote memory to create meaningful learning and knowledge that is actionable, adaptive, and transferable.

Material Type: Syllabus

Activity #1: Should We Build On the Estuary?

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In this activity, students will work in collaborative groups to develop an advertisement for a political candidate in support of one side of an issue - should we build low-cost housing on part of the land presently occupied by an estuary? Each group will decide which side they want to support - either for or against building the housing - and write an ad that will be run in a local paper, or that will be viewed on local TV, to support their argument.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Activity: Marginal Analysis - Would You Swim There?

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In this simulation activity, students play the roles of community members wrestling with the problem of cleaning up a polluted pond on their common property. They quickly discover that because of their different values and interests, the important question is not whether to clean up the pond, but how much clean-up they are willing to pay for.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Foundations for Teaching Economics

Air Masses Activity

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The purpose of this online tutorial activity is to introduce air masses that commonly influence the weather in the United States, characteristics of these air masses, and how to identify air masses on weather maps. Key words throughout this activity link directly to helper resources that provide useful information for answering the questions.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson

Author: Weather World 2010