# Statistics Mini-Assignments

In EMR16 and Stat139, students periodically do very brief "mini-assignments" which require them to submit or consider something that the instructor incorporates into lecture.... Read more about Statistics Mini-Assignments

# Thalidomide: The pros and cons

This case study, contributed by the Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence, is intended to show that two enantiomers can have different effects on the body, and how the same drug can be used to treat different diseases or symptoms.  It is also intended to help students begin to understand the process of FDA approval for drugs.  This problem could be used in an organic chemistry class or in a class for non-science majors.... Read more about Thalidomide: The pros and cons

# Primitive Navigation - Coordinate System

Students go to the Harvard Chapel and establish a coordinate system of 'easting' and 'northing' using simply their bodies, their environments, and a notepad.

John Huth developed this activity for his SPU 26: Primitive Navigation class. The purpose of this assignment is to establish a baseline for their navigational skills. Students navigate Harvard campus to hold a course and estimate a traveled distance to see how successful they will be without any special training.

# Wave Dispersion and Mathematica

Elizabeth Petrik, a graduate teaching fellow for Physics 15c, created this Mathematica activity to help students build physical and quantitative intuition about wave dispersion. The usage of Mathematica in this activity allows for students to not only solidify the concepts they learned in class, but also create a working program that helps them understand wave dispersion in another medium.

# Science and Cooking Labs

Pia Sörensen details how the Science of Cooking class conducts lab assignments through actual cooking experiences. For this example, she navigates through the Molten Chocolate Cake Lab/Heat Lab, but also attached three other examples for more resources. This experiment is supposed to help students understand the concepts of science and cooking in a practical setting by actually cooking or baking with the scientific tools and knowledge acquired through class.

# Forensics Lab

This final lab project, contributed by the Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence, utilizes the techniques learned throughout the semester in the lab as well as the concepts learned in the lecture portion of the class.  The project involves a person breaking into a building and leaving the exhumed body of the dead college founder and a threatening note in a classroom.  Evidence such as fingerprints, hair, fibers, shoeprints and glass are left at the crime scene.... Read more about Forensics Lab

# In-Flight Mechanics Experiments

Students conducted physics experiments aboard a small airplane piloted by the instructor in order to better understand aerodynamics.

# Unusual Asian Disease Outbreak

There has been an outbreak of an unusual Asian disease.  Which policy is best based on the scientific estimations of how many people will be saved?  This activity uses this example with poll everywhere (polleverywhere.com) technology to demonstrate framing and prospect theory.... Read more about Unusual Asian Disease Outbreak

# Exploring Correlation Data on Popular Websites

Professor Nathan Kaplan uses popular websites and online data to generate discussion about the topic of correlation in his math gen ed, "Fat Chance." According to Kaplan, the purpose of the activity is to show students that correlations are everywhere, even in movie rentals, library cards, etc., and part of the era of big data is that companies will know lots of things about people even if they don't tell them.... Read more about Exploring Correlation Data on Popular Websites

# Students Explaining Math Problems

Alexander Isakov, a graduate student in physics, has his students explain in class how to do crucial steps of math problems for Math 21a.... Read more about Students Explaining Math Problems

# Stock Market Game

In past offerings of EM-16: Real-Life Statistics, students virtually invested in the stock market in order to apply statistics concepts.... Read more about Stock Market Game