RWLO Title 
Student Materials 
Description 
Author 
Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics 
Student Directions and Additional Materials 
Students use realtime global earthquake data from the Internet to explore the relationship between earthquakes and plate tectonics. 
Mercedes McKay, Instructional Technology Specialist, Stevens Institute of Technology 
Polynomial Functions and Mathematical Modeling 
Student Directions and Additional Materials 
Using the Global Sun Temperature Telecollaborative database, students learn how quadratic equations and other highorder polynomials can be used to model nonlinear relationships (e.g. temperature vs. latitude). 
Mercedes McKay, Instructional Technology Specialist, Stevens Institute of Technology 
Use Excel to create a Climatogram

Student Directions and Additional Materials 
Students use a spreadsheet program to create a “Classic Combination Chart” using annual temperature and precipitation data to create a climatogram. 
Joshua Koen, Instructional Technology Specialist, Stevens Institute of Technology 
Using the Equation of a Line to Determine the Rotational Rate of the Sun (doc) 
 sun_longitude_and_latitude_grid.doc
 sunspot_data_worksheet_.doc
 assessment_of_sunspot_data_worksheet.doc 
Students will use sunspot solar coordinates to create a linear position vs. time graph and calculate the equation of this line to determine the rotational rate of the sun. 
Julie Cronin, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Cuyahoga Community College 



