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Find the Epicenter of an Earthquake - Student Activity Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7266

Price: $47.10

In the Find the Epicenter of an Earthquake Classroom Activity Kit for Earth science, learn how to locate an earthquake's epicenter, just like a "real-world" seismologist. Use seismograph data to calculate.

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An earthquake has occurred somewhere in the United States. Now it’s time for your students to locate the earthquake’s epicenter, just like “real-world” seismologists. Students use seismograph data to calculate the difference in travel time between primary and secondary seismic waves. Next they determine the distance from the epicenter to various seismograph stations using a special time delay scale and graph. Finally, with the unique safety drawing compasses included—no sharp points—students pinpoint the epicenter on a United States map by triangulation. Kit includes complete instructions with reproducible student handouts, valuable Teacher Notes, overhead transparencies, and enough materials for 30 students working in groups of three.