Resources for blog posts

This page links to different resources that you may want to use as you craft your own posts on the Student Blog.   What we list below are only a selection of the available resources and you are encouraged and expected to go find more information on your own.  These are just some points to get you started.

Useful Numbers

“Useful Numbers” resources are pieces of factual information (for example: the radius of the earth; the energy content of gasoline; the number of undergraduates at University Park) which we, the instructors, have assembled and curated for you.  If you need one of these items of information for a blog post, you can simply cite it as “Source: Useful Numbers (date)” without further ado.

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These are general textbooks on a mathematical and environmental theme.  Many are available online.

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Blogging Themes

“Blogging Themes” resources are suggestions for overall themes or broad questions that we might pursue in the blog week by week.  There is no requirement that you follows the suggested themes, but if you are trying to find an idea, the theme for the week may be a good place to start.

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Post Ideas

“Post Ideas” resources link to specific webpages or articles discussing issues that might be suitable for an individual blog post.  An excellent blog post based on one of these resources will do two things: explain the main ideas (especially the mathematical ideas) that are presented, and interact critically with them using the techniques that we have learned in class.  The resources listed here are presented for your critical analysis in this way.  They include a variety of perspectives, and each of us will probably agree with some and disagree with others.  The important thing is to be able to explain why.

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