Margaret Sullivan

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects


How should I shower? part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
In this activity students investigate a variety of shower heads with the intention of making a recommendation to a homeowner as to the "best" to use; then, they are similarly to make a recommendation to their university for shower heads for the residence halls. Basic cost comparisons, break even point, and societal considerations need to go into the decisions that are made. Specifically, students will investigate these questions: Part One: What are the benefits/costs of 3 varieties of shower head types: standard, low flow, massage spray? Would it be worthwhile to replace what I have in my own shower, assuming I have a standard shower head? Part Two: Which options should be available in the residence halls? Would you recommend replacing the current standard shower heads?