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: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Significant figures, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Logarithmic function, Exponential function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase
Subject: Natural science:Earth science, Biology
Excel Skills: Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, EXP, Graphs and Charts:Pie Chart, Basic Arithmetic: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: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, Reading graphs, XY scatter plots, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions, Geometry; Trigonometry :Circles (including radians and pi), Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

Chemical Equilibrium -- What Are the Characteristics of Equilibrium Reactions? part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to compare the time course of a reaction that goes to completion to that of an equilibrium reaction.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential decay, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling
Subject: Natural science:Chemistry
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Percent (format), Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot: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: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Reading graphs, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, 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:Logistic function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Calculus; Numerical methods:Differential equations including difference equations, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Calculus; Numerical methods:Finding maximum/minimum
Subject: Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas

How Sweet Is Your Tea? -- Practical experience with solutions and concentration part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a spreadshet to calculate grams solute to add to liters solvent to produce solution of desired concentration (mol/L).

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Estimation, Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions
Subject: Natural science:Chemistry
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

Computing Dosage for Infants and Children -- Calculation of Dosage by the Body Weight Method part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to find dosages in mL/admin from prescription in mg/day/kg and admins/day; body weight in lbs; and concentration in mg/mL.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Modeling:Forward modeling, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions
Subject: Health:Nursing
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

Radioactive Decay and Popping Popcorn -- Understanding the Rate Law part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to forward model an example of exponential decay and interpret the meaning of the decay constant.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Goodness of fit (R2), Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Rates:Rates of Change, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Probability, Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential decay, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Dimensions, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Calculus; Numerical methods:Differential equations including difference equations, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function
Subject: Natural science:Physics, Chemistry
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Trendlines, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

How Large is a Ton of Rock? -- Thinking about Rock Density part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to calculate the edge length of cubes and diameter of spheres of various rocks starting with their mineralogic composition.

Quantitative Concepts: Geometry; Trigonometry :Spheres, Algebra; Modeling; Functions, Geometry; Trigonometry :Cubes and rectangular solids, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Inverse problem, Geometry; Trigonometry , Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Unit conversions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, :Units and Dimensions, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Angles and Trig Functions, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Angles and Trig Functions:PI, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Basic Arithmetic, :Arithmetic Functions, Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT

The Manning Equation part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum Module. Students build spreadsheets to estimate discharge for a culvert using the Manning equation, and to estimate culvert size, given a specified discharge.

Quantitative Concepts: 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:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Calculus; Numerical methods:Iteration, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Dimensions, Geometry; Trigonometry :Circles (including radians and pi), Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Inverse problem, Forward modeling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates
Subject: Engineering, agriculture:Civil, environmental, hydraulic engineering, Natural science:Physics
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

Administering Medications to Patients -- Calculating Dosages in the Clinical Setting part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Module. Students build a spreadsheet to calculate proper medicine dosages using the metric system.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Reading graphs
Subject: Health:Nursing, Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

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