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Minimizing Cost while Meeting Nutritional Needs -- An example of linear programming part of Examples

Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use Excel Solver to find the linear combination of servings of two specified foods that minimize cost while meeting nutritional requirements.

Understanding Mortgage Payments part of Examples

Spreadsheets across the Curriculum module. Students build Excel spreadsheets to calculate monthly mortgage payments and evaluate how much of their payment is applied to the principle and interest.

What is the Volume of a Debris Flow? part of Examples

SSAC Physical Volcanology module. Students build a spreadsheet to estimate the volume of volcanic deposits using map, thickness and high-water mark data from the 2005 Panabaj debris flow (Guatemala).

Investing for Retirement part of Examples

Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use the Compound Interest Equation and an annuity equation to calculate the growth of investments over time.

Vacation! How Long and How Far? -- A Geological Circuit of National Parks in the Colorado Plateau part of Examples

Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students estimate travel times and costs of a driving/camping trip to visit national parks in the Colorado Plateau.

Simple vs. Compound Interest -- Spreadsheeting the Difference part of Examples

Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to tabulate, graph and compare the future value of investments with compound vs. simple interest. Spreadsheet level: beginner.

Driving Across Town for Cheaper Gas -- A Cost/Benefit Analysis part of Examples

Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a spreadsheet to explore the trade-offs between "bargain-priced" gas vs. the extra mileage needed to get it. A modeling problem.

Creating a Household Budget part of Examples

Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students track their expenses and use Excel to compare them to Seattle/Tacoma averages. Developed for adult students taking English as a Second Language.

Index Numbers: Gasoline and Inflation -- Why We Need the Consumer Price Index part of Examples

Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to examine the price of gasoline, 1978-2005. QL: using ratios and proportions to make comparisons.

The Effect of Race and Ethnicity on High School Graduation Rates in Florida part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research:Example

In this individual research project, a senior thesis student conducts a regression analysis that investigates the effects of race, ethnicity, and poverty on high school graduation rates in Florida. The data are easily obtainable from the Florida Department of Education. The project can be modified to be a group research project in a Research Methods Class or a Special Topics Upper Level Economics class.