SSAC General Collection Modules

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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, XY scatter plots, Reading graphs, Geometry; Trigonometry :Circles (including radians and pi), 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, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Nested 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

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

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, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, 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, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers, Education
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, One Plot

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

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:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, 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, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Log Scale, Multiple Plots, One Plot, 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: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Multivariable functions, Modeling:Forward modeling
Subject: Health:Personal health, Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph:Clustered, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

Predator-Prey Interactions -- Modeling the Number of Fishers and Porcupines in New Hampshire part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum activity/Introductory Ecology course. Students build and manipulate spreadsheets to model and graph populations using the Lotka-Volterra predator-prey equations.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, 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
Subject: Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

How Far is Yonder Mountain? -- A Trig Problem part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection: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.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Geometry; Trigonometry :Triangles and trigonometric ratios, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Inverse problem, Geometry; Trigonometry :Circles (including radians and pi), Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty:Effect of uncertainty; sensitivity
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics, Social science:Geography
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Angles and Trig Functions:PI, COS, ACOS, TAN, ATAN, ATAN2, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

Earth's Planetary Density: Constraining What We Think about the Earth's Interior part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to forward calculate the Earth's aggregate density from combinations of densities and thicknesses of the Earth's four shells.

Quantitative Concepts: Calculus; Numerical methods:Numerical integration including Riemann sum, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Pie charts, Calculus; Numerical methods:Derivatives and integrals (analytical), Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Average; weighted average, Units and Dimensions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Geometry; Trigonometry :Spheres, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Inverse problem
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Angles and Trig Functions:PI, Graphs and Charts:Pie Chart

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