Type:

Other

Description:

This is an activity that models the operation of a seismograph, a tool used to measure the size of earthquakes. While driving down the highway as a passenger in a car, learners slowly draw a line across a sheet of paper to record the up-and-down motion of the car as it goes over bumps both big and small. The resulting picture is a seismogram-like recording. Learners can take the activity further by measuring the "Pothole Scale" - a logarithmic scale that models the more well-known Richter scale.

Subjects:

  • Mathematics > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

logarithm,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20110926121930672T,seismograph,Middle School,NSDL,High School,car,Earth system science,Earthquakes,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-056,Systems,potholes,measurement,Informal Education,Mathematics,Geoscience,Richter,earthquake,Technology

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

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