New for Spring! Free Webinars from AccessScience authors!
Friday, April 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT - AccessScience presents "The Physics of Music" with author Dr. Andy Piacsek
Humans have an amazing, yet under-appreciated, ability to identify and distinguish sounds. We can recognize who is speaking on a zoom call, even when their video is turned off; we can pick up on the nuances of speech, unconsciously recognizing the gender, geographic origin, and the emotional state of the speaker; we can hear the difference between a flute and a french horn.
How is it that sounds can be so similar, yet so different? Why do some sounds have a definite pitch (that you can hum along to), while others are messy, noisy, and hard to describe? What exactly is sound, anyway? Dr. Piacsek will address these questions by telling the story of how musical instruments make their sounds, and what they have in common with the human voice. With live and pre-recorded demonstrations, he'll analyze the components of sound, explore the connection between vibrations and sound, and show how size and shape affect sound.
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM EDT - AccessScience presents "Lessons Learned from the 1918 Influenza and COVID-19 Pandemics" with author Dr. Teri Shors
Are we living through unprecedented times? Perhaps so, but pandemics of the past have much in common with today’s experiences. There are amazing similarities between the 1918 Influenza and the COVID-19 pandemics, and we can apply lessons learned from 1918 and 2019 to future pandemics and responses.
This presentation will compare and contrast these century events from several perspectives such as the disease, epidemiology, prevention and control responses at a global level. Additional focus will be on U.S. education, vaccine hesitancy and the COVID-19 vaccine, social media and disinformation, the need for continued SARS-CoV-2 research, and leadership by experts and government authorities involved in coordinating COVID-19 control measures and disseminating up-to-date, transparent and accurate information as it unfolds through science.
Distance Learning Support
As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and its global impact, we realize the need for remote support has drastically increased, and we are here to help. McGraw Hill has created this useful guide that shows how AccessScience can support faculty in shifting from in-person to virtual classrooms.
AccessScience Curriculum Maps
These Curriculum Maps guide you to highly relevant and engaging content from throughout AccessScience for use in your teaching. These maps have been designed by leading science and engineering faculty, who have carefully selected useful content, such as tables, graphs, diagrams, photos, animations, and videos, and then mapped that content to standard topics taught within each course. You can easily incorporate this content into your curriculum by using the “Copy Link” functionality to paste a direct link into your school's learning management system.
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Cell Biology
- Computing: Databases
- Discrete Mathematics
- Engineering: Electrical
- Engineering: Materials Science
- Engineering: Mechanical
- Engineering: Structural Analysis
- Environmental Science
- Organic Chemistry
- Polymer Chemistry
Correlations to Next Generation Science Standards
AccessScience can help students fulfill performance expectations in the Next Generation Science Standards for High School (Grades 9–12). View content correlations in Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI) arrangements below.
- Structure and Properties of Matter
- Chemical Reactions
- Forces and Interactions
- Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation
- Structure and Function
- Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems
- Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
- Inheritance and Variation of Traits
- Natural Selection and Evolution
Embed the AccessScience search widget in your learning management system and/or webpage. Students will then be able to search AccessScience directly from those pages.
Tips for Using AccessScience
These videos provide helpful suggestions for you and your students to get the most out of your library's subscription.
Neutrino Astronomy Lesson Plan
This lesson plan offers three consecutive days (~45- to ~60-minute class periods) of narrativized, in-class discussion about the content and concepts conveyed through reading assignments consisting of AccessScience articles, as well as assessment activities and questions. Disciplines covered include astronomy, astrophysics, introductory physics, and particle physics. You can employ it in a traditional lecture or flipped classroom instructional model.
Answers to "Test Your Understanding" Questions
The more popular articles in AccessScience include a set of self-assessment questions at the bottom of the page. You and your students will find answers to these questions here.