The Computational Science Education Reference Desk's Activities are stand alone modules which use computational science in an inquiry based exercise. Each activity includes a lesson, a lesson plan, and a list of materials. In most cases, the materials required will be computational in nature.
While the activities are geared towards introductory undergraduate classes, it is expected that many grade levels would benefit from these lessons. Where appropriate, lessons will be tied to national standards, standard courses of study, and known misconceptions.
This exercise is designed to look at the difference between mass and weight, and to move students from a misconception of objects in space being weightless to objects in space being in free fall, and experiencing microgravity.
This lesson allows students to learn about visualization techniques for functions of polar and spherical coordinates, and about visualizing functions of more than one variable. The content of the lesson is the electron cloud for the single electron Hydrogen atom.
This lesson introduces students to eigenvalue problems in Physics using a simple example of goal-seeking with a simple pendulum. Computer models are made available for students to use to explore concepts.
The Colors of Stars Lesson studies how we study temperature of objects through the radiation they emit. This lesson has the student compare three stars in Orion (one red, one whitish-blue, one deep blue) and try to determine which is hottest and which is coolest.
The Three D Constellation lesson introduces student to astromical coordinates and parallax by having them take astronomical data on stars from constellations, and having them convert that data into physical or computer three dimensional models.
One of the most important measures of the health of the stream is the level of dissolved oxygen (DO) in the water. Oxygen (O2) dissolves in water through the mixing of the water surface with the atmosphere. The oxygen is used by fish and other animals in the water to "breath" through their gills or other respiratory systems and by plants. If the levels fall too low, many species of fish, macroinvertebrates, and plants cannot survive. At very low levels of oxygen, the stream becomes "septic" and smells rotten because low oxygen sulfur bacteria begin to dominate.
The Natural Selection lesson uses a Monte Carlo model of spot size with variability between generations in an environment with predators to study how variation and environment can affect a species over time.