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Generally Helpful Sites

 

World of Scientific Biography

Use this site to enrich your knowledge about scientists presented in IAES. Includes Copernicus, Hale, Hubble, Leavitt, and Wegener. Entries have links to related scientists. Eric Weisstein's World of Science is written and maintained by the author as a public service for scientific knowledge and education.

 

American Geological Institute

The American Geological Institute is a federation of professional organizations in the geosciences. This site includes links to information, educational resources, careers, and the Earth Science Image Bank.

 

Unit A: Studying Soils Scientifically

Activity 2

Transparency 2.1, Farmland in the United States
In the first printing of the whole course, this transparency did not show any data dots. Subsequent printings have been corrected.

Activities 7 & 8

Transparency: U.S. Soils Map
Above is an electronic version of the transparency that was previously only available in the kit.

 

Unit B: Rocks and Minerals

Activity 16

In editions of the course prior to 2012, most of the samples provided in the kit do not show double refraction as indicated in the results (Teacher’s Guide table page B-39). They are translucent samples instead of transparent, making them too opaque to show the property of double refraction.

 

Unit C: Erosion and Deposition

Activities 25, 26, 28, 30, & 33

Due to the rise in popularity of LCD overhead projectors, we now provide electronic versions of the overlapping city and topographical maps that were previously superimposed on a traditional overhead projector. Below are three electronic versions of the superimposed Student Sheets.

Boomtown 20 years ago
Boomtown 20 and 100 years ago
Boomtown today, 20 years, and 100 years ago
All three separate topographical maps
All three separate city maps

 

Unit D: Plate Tectonics

Activities 38 & 44

Transparency: Layers of the Earth
Above is an electronic version of the transparency that was previously only available in the kit.

Activity 42

Video Segment 1 - Plate Tectonics: The Scientist Behind the Theory

This video segment chronicles the Alfred Wegener’s development of the theory of continental drift and is from WGBH, provided via the PBS LearningMedia™ website. You may be required to create a free account on PBS LearningMedia to access this video.

Video Segment 2 - Plate Tectonics Further Evidence

Using evidence from Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift, this video from WGBH, provided via the PBS LearningMedia™ website, details the evidence that supported the theory of plate tectonics. You may be required to create a free account on PBS LearningMedia to access this video.

Activity 43

The lab materials included in the kit are slightly different than the illustration on page D-33. One item that the illustration does not point out is the paper tray that slides along the metal bar attached to the bottom of Plate B. This paper tray is found in the same kit box as the other kit items for this activity and holds a piece of paper. Furthermore, the illustration shows a blue "Clip for paper" that holds the paper down on the paper tray, but the paper tray instead has two tabs that can hold the string (to pull the paper tray) and a piece of paper.

The metal spring that holds the marker may slightly sag down and apply pressure to the paper (and paper tray). This is normal, since the marker needs to be in contact with the paper to give a clear and accurate line trace.

Activity 47

Transparency: Plate Motion Simulation–Screen Shots & Legend
Above is an electronic version of the transparency that was previously only available in the kit.

 

Unit E: Weather and Atmosphere

Activity 64

Teacher's Guide page E-157: For the table, “Sample of Mean Atmospheric Values,” you may note that the percent of gases in the atmosphere does not equal 100% when each layer is added. This is because the numbers have been rounded to the nearest tenth.

Activity 66

Be the first to post your class's predictions on how the climate in your area might change. Email us a pdf of your students' predictions and we'll post them on our website!

Activity 68

New Student Sheet 68.1, “My Wind Data”

Activity 69

Transparency: Satellite Image–Clouds Over North America
Above is an electronic version of the transparency that was previously only available in the kit.

Activity 70

Student Book page E-99: The third sentence should be changed to read: “The city itself is approximately 610 m (2000 ft) above sea level.” This has since been corrected in editions from 2012 onward.

 

Unit G: Exploring the Solar System

Activities 88, 90, 96, and 97 (references to Pluto)

On August 24, 2006, at the International Astronomical Union in Prague, Czech Republic, the scientific community revised its definition of a planet. As a result there are only eight official planets in the solar system, Pluto is now considered a dwarf planet.

Three categories of objects in our solar system are now defined:

  • Planets: The eight worlds from Mercury to Neptune.
  • Dwarf Planets: Pluto and any other round object that has not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit, and is not a satellite. This includes UB313, officially named Eris in September of 2006. Currently there are dozens of objects that fit into this category.
  • Small Solar System Bodies: All other objects orbiting the Sun. Reference

In student books printed prior to 2012, the following pages include references to Pluto in tables: G-25, G-26, G-29, G-56.

In teacher's guides printed prior to 2012, the following references to Pluto should be noted: G-57, G-58, G-60.

Activity 93

Instructions on Making 3D Charts
This document outlines how to make a 3D chart in Microsoft Excel.

Transparency: Mystery Planet Surface
Above is an electronic version of the transparency that was previously only available in the kit.

Updated Materials for Download

Click on the following links to download updated student and teacher materials for editions printed prior to 2012.