Science of Agriculture

Short animations, interactives and videos teach math & science concepts crucial to the study of agriculture.

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Multidimensional Thinking

(animation)

This short animation explores differences between the first, second, and third dimensions in unit measurement – and the importance of correct unit labeling.

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12

Scientific Graph Reading

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This interactive will guide you through a virtual lemonade sweetening experiment that teaches efficiency, deficiency and optimization within dosing curves.

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50

The Magic of Reading Graphs

(interactive)

This short walkthrough reviews everything you need to know about graph reading, from the relationship of the x and y axes to the importance of labeling.

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Finding Your Place on the Scale

(animation)

Explores differences between the familiar linear scale and the “intimidating” (some say) logarithmic scale. Learn how logarithms can help when interpreting vast amounts of data.

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Logarithm Calculator

(interactive)

This interactive simulates using a graphing or scientific calculator to find base 10 logarithms between exponents, while examining the concept of increasing compression along the logarithmic scale.

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150

Everything is Chemical

(animation)

Plants and animals are mostly composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. These chemicals – and how they are put together – underlie everything around us.

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150

Cation Exchange

(animation)

Not all soils are created equal. Chemistry helps agriculture succeed in a variety of environments.

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150

Sorption!

(interactive)

This interactive will guide you through a virtual lab experiment that teaches about the concept of adsorption and its importance in soil sciences.

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Sorption In Everyday Life

(animation)

This video clarifies the difference between adsorption and absorption and explains how ‘sorption operates in everyday life.

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Sorption, A Close-up View

(animation)

Learn about what happens when atoms, ions or molecules attach to the surface of a substance without entering it. This video discusses how adsorption occurs at the chemical level.

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150

Understanding Western Soils

(website)

This series provides guidance on how to sample soil for analysis and includes visualizations related to soil properties and water infiltration.

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150

Why Study Soil

(video)

Soil is key to many environmental issues and is a critical zone where the sciences come together to work on crucial issues facing humanity, from climate change to public health, with agencies from USDA to NASA.

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150

Understanding the Major

(video)

What does a degree in Soil Science or Environmental Science get you? Learn about internships, jobs with the USDA, and research on carbon sequestration and drinking water remediation

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150

Overcoming Personal Road Blocks

(video)

Events in students' personal lives can create roadblocks in progress through a college degree – get advice for negotiating these challenges and finding help.

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150

Overcoming Academic Struggles

(video)

Being challenged is part of growing and learning. Help is available, from tutoring services, your professors, your classmates, and online resources.

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150

Choosing A Career

(video)

Soil science offers a wide variety of career options on many topics – everywhere from rainforests to deserts and all around the world.

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Virtual Labs

(website)

These Virtual Labs help students learn basic laboratory techniques and practice methods used by lab technicians and researchers in a variety of careers, using specific food science lab processes.

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