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Learning Exercise

Material: Make a Quake-Change variables and observe damage
Submitted by: Valerie Ruiz on Jun 23, 2005
Date Last Modified: Jun 27, 2005
Title: Earthquake Information/Simulation
Description: Students will use powerpoint notes to first gain knowledge about earthquakes and then use the "Make A Quake" simulation to apply what they have learned.
Type of Task: Individual, Supplemental activity
Time Required 60 minutes
Topics: Earthquakes, focus, epicenter, primary and secondary waves, Richter Scale.
Course: Geology
Audience: High School, Middle School
Prerequisites Skills: Some knowledge of plate tectonics. Need to know how to use the internet.
Learning Objectives: Understand what causes earthquakes and the types of things that are studied during an event. Understand how scientists measure earthquakes and how building structures survive or are damaged during an earthquake.
Technical Notes: Can print out notes page for students to complete using powerpoint presentation or have them answer on sheet of paper.
Text of Learning Exercise: This assignment consists of 2 parts:
1) Have students view the powerpoint and answer the questions on the notes
2) Have students visit the "Make a Quake" website and have them construct
different building structures on different ground types. Make sure they read
the evaluations at the end of each simulation and have them compare and contrast
what happens to their building during the same magnitude of earthquake
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