SSAC General Collection Modules

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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

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

Calzones vs. Mini-Pizzas -- A Linear Programming Problem part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a spreadsheet to find the combination of mini-pizzas and calzones that maximizes revenue given constraints on labor time and baking time.

Quantitative Concepts: Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Linear programming, linear inequalities, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions, Calculus; Numerical methods:Finding maximum/minimum, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics, Business, economics and finance : Business
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Logic Functions:AND, IF, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

The Mole in Chemistry: How do you determine the number of atoms or molecules in everyday items? part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Module. Students build spreadsheets to practice converting between moles, grams, and atomic mass units.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Significant figures, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions
Subject: Natural science:Chemistry, Natural science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Basic Arithmetic

Calculating Readability part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use the Gunning FOG Index, the Flesch Reading Ease Scale and the FORCAST Readability Formula to understand the readability level of a given passage.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Order of operations
Subject: Humanities: Reading and writing
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

Maximize the Volume of a Box: Exploring Polynomial Functions part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to find the maximum volume of an open-top box by cut-and-folding a sheet of cardboard.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Functions: general:Zeroes of function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Dimensions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Quadratic function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Inverse problem, Forward modeling, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Polynomial function, Geometry; Trigonometry :Squares and rectangles, Cubes and rectangular solids, Calculus; Numerical methods:Finding maximum/minimum, Derivatives and integrals (analytical)
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot, Graphs and Charts, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

The "Perfect" Date: Ranking and Rating Decisions with a Spreadsheet part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a spreadsheet to rank and rate potential dates by calculating weighted sums of a variety of attributes.

Quantitative Concepts: Creating and manipulating tabular data:Sorting data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, Other Manipulations and Functions:Data/Sort

Chaos in Population Dynamics -- Understanding Chaos in the Logistic Model part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to explore conditions that lead to chaotic behavior in logistic models of populations that grow discretely.

Quantitative Concepts: Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential (geometric) growth:Logistic function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions, Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Goodness of fit (R2), Calculus; Numerical methods:Differential equations including difference equations, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Calculus; Numerical methods:Iteration, Creating and manipulating tabular data, 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
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics, Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Multiple Plots

Introducing Endangered Birds to Ulva, NZ -- Modeling exponential and logistic growth of the yellowhead population part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to model the growth in population of a species of birds introduced to an isolated island in New Zealand.

Quantitative Concepts: Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential (geometric) growth:Logistic function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Calculus; Numerical methods:Differential equations including difference equations, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Reading graphs, Calculus; Numerical methods:Finding maximum/minimum
Subject: Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot

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