Oceanography A Course Resources

Moving Water

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Instructor Information

Emily Kroutil

Email: Emily.Kroutil@gavirtualschool.org

Phone: 470-238-8663 (voicemail)

The resources in this newsletter are in addition to those found in MODULE 6: Moving Water of your course content. You should first go through the content and complete the quizzes and activities. These resources are to supplement your understanding of the concepts. Please contact me if you have questions!

ASSIGNMENT RESOURCES AND TIPS

Project: Current Mapping

  • The instructions for this assignment are on page 6 of the module.
  • Please check this rubric for this project so you know exactly what you need to do to earn full credit.
  • Your actual project (NOT A LINK!) MUST been uploaded to the dropbox folder.

    NOTE: if a link to an external website is provided in lieu of a submission to the dropbox folder, the grade on the ENTIRE assignment is ZERO.

Lab: High Tide or Low Tide

High Tide Low Tide Walkthrough

Lab: Making Waves

  • The instructions for this assignment are on page 6 of the module.
  • This lab requires a LAB REPORT. Please review the How to Make a Lab Report video on page 4 of the Oceanography as Science Module.
  • This video also helps describe how to make a lab report.
  • Do not forget to cite your sources. If the source comes from the internet, you must provide a link to the page where you found the information used in your project. For example "Google.com" is not an acceptable "link" to a source. "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean" is acceptable, as it takes you directly to a page (see the end of the video embedded below for more clarification on this).



  • Q: As I was gathering all of my materials, I see that there is an electrical fan and a gooseneck lamp. I have a box fan, will that work? Also, I do not have a gooseneck lamp, what can I use in it's place?
  • A: The fan is simply to help create waves. Any fan should be fine as long as it has three speeds - low, medium, and high. By "electrical fan", they just mean a fan that needs to be plugged into the wall. If you have a battery operated fan that has 3 speeds, you could use that. A box fan should be fine because they usually have 3 speeds. The gooseneck lamp is simply to help you see the waves. So, as long as you are conducting your experiment in a well-lit area, you should be good. A flashlight would even work if you need help seeing the waves.


  • Q: I have been trying to figure out how to graph the data from the lab report. I tried to get one of my teachers help here at my school as well and she did not know how to figure it out either. If I do not end up figuring it out, do you mind if I draw the graph and put it as a picture on my lab report or will I get points deducted off from that.
  • A: This graph is a little tricky! You'll want your independent variable on the x-axis. That's the thing you are changing or adjusting. In this lab, you are adjusting the speed of the fan and then measuring the wave height, so the speed of the fan should be on the x-axis. Then, your wave height will be on the y-axis. This data would look best as a bar graph because a line wouldn't make a lot of sense because you can't have a speed halfway between low and medium on a fan. Each "time" is more like a "group". So, you'll have a set of bars for 3 minutes and a set of bars for 5 minutes. You can put your 3 minute and 5 minute data on one graph or make two. It is up to you.


    If you can't make this/these graphs on a computer program, you are more than welcome to make them on graph paper and insert a picture of them into your lab report. Just make sure that your graph is neat and follows all of the same formatting as a graph made on the computer. This video explains what I mean: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/7dea5d7c-55ff-4c25-9d27-519375484f54

Discussion: Tsunami

  • There are several tsunami myths that you can now bring truth to. Look at the following myths and shed some light with facts.

    • Tsunamis are single waves. Once it is gone you are safe.
    • There is not much you can do to avoid a tsunami
    • You can surf a tsunami
    • Tsunamis are giant walls of water
    • The at-sea height of a tsunami reveals their power

    Counter at least 2 of these myths with scientific fact and respond to the post of 2 other classmates.


  • Use the RUBRIC to help you write a discussion posting that will earn full points.
  • You MUST respond to two classmates with responses that are AT LEAST 3 sentences in order to earn full credit. "I agree with..." or "I disagree with..." is not enough to earn full points for a response. You must say why you agree or disagree and back up your reasoning.

Test: Moving Water

  • Please review your notes and complete the review resources on page 7 of the module before starting your test.


  • Q: The Gulf Stream delivers warm water to what region?
  • A: The Gulf Stream brings warm, tropical water up the Eastern seaboard of the United States and "deposits" it in the waters around England and Iceland (see image below).

    This is what keeps England's and Iceland's temperatures so much more pleasant than areas in North America at the same latitude (Alaska, northern Canada, for example).

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