SSAC General Collection Modules

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Frequency of Large Earthquakes -- Introducing Some Elementary Statistical Descriptors part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection: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.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Creating and manipulating tabular data:Sorting data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Average; weighted average, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Mean, Median; mode, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Normal distribution, Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Quartiles; percentiles, Standard deviation; variance; range
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Statistics, Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Logic Functions:SUMIF, COUNTIF, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Other Manipulations and Functions:Data/Sort, Statistical Functions:One array:QUARTILE, MEDIAN, AVERAGE, STDEV, STDEVP, etc, VAR, VARP, etc, PERCENTILE, MAX, MIN, etc, COUNT, COUNTA, Other Elementary Math Functions:SQRT, Statistical Functions:One array:LARGE, SMALL, etc, MODE, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas

Shaking Ground - Linking Earthquake Magnitude and Intensity part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
An in-class activity for connecting earthquake magnitude, shaking, and intensity.

Quantitative Concepts: Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Exponential function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, XY scatter plots, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Reading graphs, Geometry; Trigonometry :Circles (including radians and pi)
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

Carbon Sequestration in Campus Trees part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use allometric relationships to calculate tree mass from trunk diameter in a stand of trees in the Pacific Northwest.

Quantitative Concepts: Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Significant figures, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Logarithmic function, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, XY scatter plots, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function
Subject: Natural science:Earth science, Biology
Excel Skills: Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, Graphs and Charts:Pie Chart, Other Elementary Math Functions:EXP, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

A Healthier You: Modeling a Healthier Weight from Dietary Improvement and Exercise part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students calculate the number of days it takes for participants in a hypothetical weight-reduction program to reach a target weight. QL: rates of change.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions, Modeling:Forward modeling, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
Subject: Health:Personal health, Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph:Clustered, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas

Serial Dilution: Tracking Bacterial Population Size and Antibiotic Resistance part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to calculate and compare bacterial population sizes from lab cultures in antibiotic-free and antibiotic-containing media.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Inverse problem, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation
Subject: Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Logic Functions:IF, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Logic Functions:OR

A Look at High School Dropout Rates: Average Rates of Change and Trend Lines part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a spreadsheet to calculate an average rate of change and compare it to the slope of the trend line on a scatter plot of a real-world data set

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Rates:Rates of Change, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Functions: general:Concept of function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers, Education
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT

Earthquake Magnitude: How Can We Compare the Sizes of Earthquakes? part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to tabulate and graph seismic wave amplitude and energy release to explore the logarithmic scale of earthquake magnitude.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Log Scale, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

Index Numbers: Gasoline and Inflation -- Why We Need the Consumer Price Index part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to examine the price of gasoline, 1978-2005. QL: using ratios and proportions to make comparisons.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots
Subject: Business, economics and finance :Economics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots

Simple vs. Compound Interest -- Spreadsheeting the Difference part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection: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.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Rates:Rates of Change, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions, Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential (geometric) growth
Subject: Business, economics and finance :Finance, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Trendlines, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

Calibrating a Pipettor part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum activity. In advance of an actual lab activity, students virtually simulate the calibration of a laboratory micropipettor. QL: Accuracy and precision.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Standard deviation; variance; range, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty:Error; relative error, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty:Precision vs. accuracy, Effect of uncertainty; sensitivity, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Mean, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs
Subject: Natural science:Biology, Earth science, Chemistry
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph:Clustered, Statistical Functions:One array:STDEV, STDEVP, etc, AVERAGE, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Multiple Plots, Statistical Functions:One array:COUNT, COUNTA, Other Elementary Math Functions:SQRT, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Error Bars, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas

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