For students enrolled in natural science courses in ETSU's general education core

Interactive tool for practicing comparing two lengths, areas, and volumes. It is VERY TRICKY to judge how area and volume change with size. This tool gives you good practice. Good for physics problems to do with pressure, gravity, and other places where area or volume are important. Explore size estimation in one, two and three dimensions! Multiple levels of difficulty allow for progressive skill improvement.

*August 26, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Interactive tool for fitting a straight line or other curves to data points. Great supplement to any science lab course. Let's you see how data and mathematical models relate to each other. With your mouse, drag data points and their error bars, and watch the best-fit polynomial curve update instantly. You choose the type of fit: linear, quadratic, cubic, or quartic. The reduced chi-square statistic shows you when the fit is good. Or you can try to find the best fit by manually adjusting fit parameters.

*August 26, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Brief instructions and example showing how to convert between units (say, from mi to m) using conversion ratios. Converting from one dimensional unit to another is often somewhat complex and being able to perform such conversions is an important skill to acquire. The factor-label method, also known as the unit-factor method or dimensional analysis, is a widely used approach for performing such conversions

*August 26, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Short 'how to' showing how to enter scientific notation on a TI (Texas Instruments) calculator. Use the Enter Exponent or [EE] key to enter numbers in scientific notation. The [EE] key is used to denote x10 for numbers written in scientific notation. Note: TI calculators use the EE button. Some calculators use the Exp button. If you don't know how to use these, you will waste your time and on some problems you'll get the wrong answer.

*August 26, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Online tutorial on using scientific notation to describe and compute with really large and really small numbers. Great review! 17 short Flash tutorials delivered in a charming British female voice. Good graphics and examples moving step-by-step through the use of scientific notation.

*August 26, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Well organized discussion of how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide using scientific notation, and how to convert between that and regular numbers. Note: calculators often use a different notation. The Wikipedia article has a nice little discussion showing how that works.

*August 26, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Well organized tables showing what the number prefixesâ€”micro, nano, mega, giga, etcâ€”mean and how to replace them with numbers. Note: gigabyte, megabyte, kilobyte, use a slightly different meaning for the prefixes. This can be a little confusing. The Wikipedia article has a nice little discussion of the difference between that and the SI usage.

*August 25, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Interactive java app that let's you zoom in and out from the cosmic scale down to the nanoscale. Good for practicing scientific notation and Greek prefixes. View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree and move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons

*August 24, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Well organized graphic showing how large and small numbers are used to describe the real world. Shows pictures of objects along side of the order of magnitude of their sizes. Good for getting a feel for how the numbers are used and for making these small and large sizes comprehensible.

*August 23, 2010*
by *Michael Garrett*

Well organized tables showing how large and small numbers are used. Table showing how nanometer, millimeter, killometer, etc. relate to each other and to real physical objects. Good for getting a feel for how the numbers are used and for making these small and large sizes comprehensible.

August 26, 2010byMichael Garrett0