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View Resource Ocean Cores

This University of Arizona course website features an outline to interpreting ocean cores as they relate to past environmental conditions (e.g. sedimentation rates, climate, etc.). The outline includes figures and information about sedimentation, the history of interpreting ocean cores, how proxies in ocean cores reveal past climate, and use of oxygen isotopes to infer past climate. Key terms...

View Resource Extremophiles

This article introduces the reader to the diversity and significance of extremophiles. Descriptions are provided of the habitat and ecology of thermophiles, psychrophiles (cold lovers), acidophiles, alkaliphiles, and halophiles. The industrial and commercial applications of extremophiles, such as the use of thermophilic microbial enzymes in PCR technology, are also described. Finally, the...

View Resource Astronomy 250

This collection of lecture notes discusses the fundamentals of astronomy. The lecture notes review the topics of celestial mechanics, light, matter, planets, telescopes, the sun, stellar astronomy, stellar evolution, life in the universe, galaxies, and cosmology.

View Resource Secondary Science Teacher Preparation at the University of Arizona

Undergraduate students at the University of Arizona who wish to become middle or high school science teachers have a unique opportunity to pursue their goal in the company of other science majors under the guidance of science educators and experienced mentor teachers. In this article, some of the central ideas that guide this teacher preparation program, and how those ideas are implemented are...

View Resource Student Feedback Teams in a Mathematics Classroom

The University of Arizona is a public institution with about 35,000 students. Each fall its Mathematics Department offers fifteen sections of second semester calculus (CalcII), with about thirty-five students per section. Recently we noticed that students entering with credit on the AB Advanced Placement Calculus Examination do not seem to be well served by our CalcII. One possible reason is...

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