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

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

Bacteria in a Flask -- Spreadsheeting Population Density vs. Time part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students tabulate and graph data on bacteria density vs. time for a culture. Data start with innoculation and progress through the peak and decline.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Reading graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Rates:Rates of Change, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential (geometric) growth, Creating and manipulating tabular data:Organizing and classifying data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Finite differences
Subject: Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Other Elementary Math Functions:LOG, LOG10, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Log Scale, Basic Arithmetic:Simple 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, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Significant figures, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Logarithmic function, Exponential function, 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, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale
Subject: Natural science:Earth science, Biology
Excel Skills: Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, EXP, Graphs and Charts:Pie Chart, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

Modeling Exponential Bacteria Growth on Planet Riker part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Module. Students use Excel to conduct data analysis and examine bacteria growth in a lake.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Reading graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Goodness of fit (R2), Line- and curve-fitting, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential (geometric) growth, Exponential function, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Logarithmic function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation
Subject: Natural science:Biology, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, Other Elementary Math Functions:LN