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Students work in groups in a cemetery to collect a quantitative and a qualitative measure of the extent of weathering of tombstones and their ages. The data are shared between all students, graphed as scatter plots, and the rate of weathering is estimated. Students write about and then discuss the results, the difference between the quantitative and qualitative measures, and speculate on factors in addition to time that may be important for weathering rate. The exercise ends with each students writing a hypothesis about a factor that influences weathering rate and describing a research project that could test that hypothesis. This activity is aimed at developing an understanding of the scatter in "real data", allowing for practice of team work, and hypothesis generation and testing. Designed for a geomorphology course Has minimal/no quantitative component

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    • Grade 1
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    • Grade 12

    Keywords:

    Vocational/Professional Development Education,Dating and Rates,Weathering/Soils,Undergraduate (Upper Division),NSDL,Higher Education,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20100502195232487T,Graduate/Professional,NSDL_SetSpec_380601

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    English

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