# Forces of Nature: Using Earth and Planetary Science for Teaching Physical Science

## Seeing Mathematics in the Forces of Nature

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## Bibliography

1. Bolemon, J., (1989). Physics: An Introduction, Second Edition, Prentice Hall. Englewood, New Jersey.

A college physics textbook. It provides a good treatment of waves and sound waves. Excellent diagrams are used to represent the concepts.

2. Hecht, E., (2000). Physics: Calculus. Brooks/ Cole. Pacific Grove. CA.

This textbook is a calculus based physics book. It provides mathematical applications to the content covered. It is an excellent source for discussion questions, open ended problems and multiple choice questions.

3. Hewitt, P. G. (2002). Conceptual Physics, 9
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This textbook is written for the high school student. It provides a conceptual approach to the concepts covered It also provides a good collection of project ideas.

4. Karplus, R., (1969). Introductory Physics: A model Approach. W. A Benjamin Inc. New York, New York.

This text will be a good source for teaching a unit on sound.

5. Long, D. (1980). The Physics around You. Wadsworth Publishing Company, Belmont, California.

The chapter that is devoted to sound waves provide excellent problems that are useful in evaluating a unit on sound waves.

6. Serway, R.A. (1982). Physics for Scientists and Engineers. Saunders College publishing, Chicago.

This book is recommended as a teacher source. Provides excellent problems for application.

7. Urone, P. ( 2001). College Physics. Brooks/ Cole. Pacific Grove. California.

This is a college textbook. Chapter 16 discusses sound waves. It focuses on the mathematical applications of sound waves. Sample problems are given for each concept. Problems in the unit were modeled from this text. The book could be used by the teacher as resource.

8. Zitewitz, P. W.; Neff, R. F.; Davis, M. (1995). Physics: Principles and Problem Glenco/ McGraw- Hill. Ohio.

This is a high school textbook. It is easy to read and will provide good samples of simple labs that can be used to explain sound waves. There are multiple choice and open ended problems that are written so that high school students be provided with practice

### WEBSITES

http:// www.glenbrook.K-12il.usgbssci/phys/class/sound/uii2b.html

Provides a series of lessons plans for teaching a physics lesson on waves. Also includes assessments to check for student’s understanding.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/wave

A good description of waves is given. Includes mathematical applications

http://en.//wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthquake

This web site provides an extensive discussion on earthquakes. Includes a list of the most famous earthquakes is included.

http:www.glenbrok.k-12.il.us/gbssci/phys/class/waves/u1012c.html

The website provides a series of lesson on sound waves.

http://www.kettering.edu/~drussell/Demos/doppler/doppler.html

The website explains the Doppler effects. It includes a movie of how circular waves are created. It also discusses sonic boom and provides pictures showing shock waves generated by super jets.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_boom

The causes and characteristics of sonic boom is discussed.

http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)guides/rs/rad/ptrn/ptrn1.rxml

The causes of earthquakes is discussed. A list of the most disastrous earthquakes is included.

http://www.geo.mtu.edu/UPSeis/intensity.html

This web site gives a history of the Richter scale and explains how the magnitude of earthquakes is calculated.

http://library.thinkquest.org/10136/earthquk/earttq.htm

The topics included in this website are plate tectonics, where earthquakes occur and how earthquakes are measured.

http//www.Worsleyschool.net/science/files/earthquake/epicenter.html.

This website gives an excellent step by step process of how the epicenter of earthquakes is located. Pictures and diagrams that explain the concept are included. This is an excellent resource for teachers.