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Trawl Data Exploration in Multivariable Calculus part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Kris Green
This activity is based on exploring the data collected from all trawls around the Chincoteague Bay from 2005 - 2014. Students can construct their own contour diagrams as they cross section the data based on their own choices. This database could also be used to support similar activities in statistics or graph theory.

Fitting and Estimating Rates of Change in the Functions Underlying Earth's Bio-Development Over Time part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Alan Ableson; Jennifer Bready
What is happening in our world? How has the temperature changed? Have oxygen and carbon dioxide levels changed? How does this effect biodiversity? In this lab, we will investigate the changes in these four variables over various time periods to see how they relate.

Estimating OUR Carbon Footprint part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Ben Galluzzo, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania; Jean McGivney-Burelle; Rikki Wagstrom, Metropolitan State University
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Hybrid Vehicles: Are They Worth It? part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Lori Carmack
In this project, students analyze the costs of gasoline nationwide. They also investigate the cost-effectiveness of purchasing a new hybrid vehicle as opposed to purchasing a new vehicle that runs solely on gasoline.

Sustainability Efforts on Our Campus: A Mathematical Analysis part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Lori Carmack
In these open-ended but simple activities, students use basic mathematics and descriptive statistics to analyze campus sustainability efforts.

Shift in life expectancy part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Holly Partridge
Determining the shift in expected life span over a century and the social and environmental impact

Population Growth, Ecological Footprints, and Overshoot part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Rikki Wagstrom, Metropolitan State University
In this activity, students develop and apply linear, exponential, and rational functions to explore past and projected U.S. population growth, carbon footprint trend, ecological overshoot, and effectiveness of hypothetical carbon dioxide reduction initiatives.

Choosing Between Home Appliances: Benefits to the Planet and Your Wallet part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Corri Taylor, Wellesley College
Students research various options for new appliances and make purchasing decisions based not merely on purchase price, but also on energy efficiency, which has implications for the planet AND for longer-term personal finances. Students calculate the "payback period" for the more energy efficient appliance and calculate long-term savings.

A Monarchy Deposed: The Demise of the Monarch Butterfly part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Daniel Abel, Coastal Carolina University
Monarch butterflies (scientific name: Danaus plexippus) migrate annually to forests in central Mexico from Canada and California. Those surviving the 1200 - 2800 mile migration overwinter in Mexico. In this activity, students will learn about the conservation biology of monarch butterflies, threats to their survival, the implications of their potential extinction, and ways to protect the species.

Plastic Waste Production part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Karen Bliss
In this exercise, students will use data to predict the amount of plastic waste in the next ten years.



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