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Virtual Earthquake

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Used in course
Submitted by: Sheryl Stohs, PhD (Faculty), Nov 24, 2006
Comment: This awas a great tool for lab exercises on the study of earthquakes. My students use a lab manual that directed them to perform the same type of calculations for S-P Lab Time and location of Epicenter exercises. The virtual earthquake was better. Students had formulated questions for collaborative Emergency Preparedness scenario. The computations from the two exercises were used to address those questions as sub-committee members on a larger team. Many students used this along with google earth to specifically identify locations affected by the simulated earthquake. The only problems that we encountered were that the system locked up on students, and myinstructor's podium, and basically crashed my computer. Fortunately we had saved our work and were able to recover where we left off. Considereing this happened on two different computers we figured that it was the program and not our computers. But all in out it was one of the most exciting labs the students had, which increased thier understanding of seismic waves, amplitude, magnitude, location, distance and impact of the earthquake on urbanization. Exercises were completed in 1.5 hours (max 3 hours time)with full write up, research in addition to journals. Thank you for this presentation and much needed virtual exercise.

Technical Remarks:

Computer crashes may have been caused to an overload of our systems with the data. Wonder if others have experienced this same thing. We we using PC with XP, P4 system. Not sure how fast the enhancments are but usually on the college systems they are pretty fast.