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Frequency of Large Earthquakes -- Introducing Some Elementary Statistical Descriptors part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students examine the number of large earthquakes (magnitude 7 and above) per year for 1970-1999 and 1940-1999. QL: descriptors of a frequency distribution.
How often do earthquakes occur? part of Examples
Students use spreadsheet tables and charts to explore the relationship between earthquake magnitude and frequency.
Something is Askew at Mammoth Cave National Park part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students use the geometric mean and multiplicative standard deviation to examine the right-skewed distribution of nutrient concentrations in water-quality data at Mammoth Cave National Park.
What are the Winds Blowing into Mammoth Cave? part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students estimate the net volume of pollutants flowing into the Houchin's Narrows entrance of Mammoth Cave using actual air-flow and air-quality data from the park.
How Large is the Great Pyramid of Giza? -- Would it make a wall that would enclose France? part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students calculate the volume of the Great Pyramid and, following Napoleon, estimate whether its volume is large enough to make a wall around France.
Grade Calculation part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. This activity introduces the student to the concept of weighted averages by asking them to calculate course grades and grade point averages.
Modeling Exponential Bacteria Growth on Planet Riker part of Examples
Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Module. Students use Excel to conduct data analysis and examine bacteria growth in a lake.
How Far is Yonder Mountain? -- A Trig Problem part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use Polya's problem-solving heuristic to find the distance of a peak using vertical angles sighted from a wagon train heading toward the peak.
How Diverse Are We? -- Comparing Racial Composition of NYC and USA, 1980-2000 part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students analyze the percentage of change in the diversity of the US compared to New York City over 20 years.
Let's Take a Hike in Catoctin Mountain Park part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students use a topographic map and spreadsheet to find how many Big Macs they burned off on a five-mile hike at Catoctin Mountain Park.