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How Far Away Are the Satellites?
In this activity, students calculate the distance from a satellite to a receiving station on Earth. They will learn that radio signals are waves and that wave characteristics can be used to measure properties such as...
Overview of How the Global Positioning System (GPS) is Used to Study Earthquakes
This module allows students to interactively explore the use of the Southern California Integrated GPS Network (SCIGN) and its data in earthquake studies. The four major sections, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Global...
What Is a Rate?
This lesson plan, beginning with background information and helpful equations, is about vectors, with an application to GPS, and would be appropriate for use in a high school mathematics classroom. Knowledge of basic...
How Many Earthquakes Does It Take to Build a Mountain?
In this activity, students use data on fault motion (derived from the horizontal movement of a GPS monument) to calculate the number of earthquakes necessary to build a mountain range. They will also determine the...
How Long Will It Take for Los Angeles and San Francisco to Meet?
By examining GPS time series plots from stations on opposing sides of the San Andreas Fault, students will determine the relative movement between the two stations. They can then apply this to calculate the time it will...
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