SSAC General Collection Modules

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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

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

Minimizing Cost while Meeting Nutritional Needs -- An example of linear programming part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use Excel Solver to find the linear combination of servings of two specified foods that minimize cost while meeting nutritional requirements.

Quantitative Concepts: Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Solving simultaneous equations, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions:Contours, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Linear programming, linear inequalities, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Calculus; Numerical methods:Finding maximum/minimum, Creating and manipulating tabular data:Lookup function
Subject: Health:Personal health, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Computers
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT, Other Manipulations and Functions:Lookup Functions

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

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

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

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

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

Archimedes and Pi part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Activity. Student build spreadsheets that allow them to estimate pi using the same iterative process as Archimedes.

Quantitative Concepts: Creating and manipulating tabular data, Geometry; Trigonometry :Other plane figures, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Geometry; Trigonometry :Circles (including radians and pi), Calculus; Numerical methods:Iteration, Geometry; Trigonometry :Triangles and trigonometric ratios
Subject: Social science:History, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Basic Arithmetic, Logic Functions, :IF

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