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:Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Significant figures, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Logarithmic function, Exponential function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, XY scatter plots
Subject: Natural science:Biology, Earth science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, Graphs and Charts:Pie Chart, Other Elementary Math Functions:EXP

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

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, 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, 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:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

What Time Did The Potato Die? part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Simulating a forensic calculation, students build spreadsheets and create graphs to find the time of death of a potato victim from temperature vs. time data.

Quantitative Concepts: Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Goodness of fit (R2), Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Inverse problem, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential decay, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Reading graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting
Subject: Social science:Sociology (Criminology), Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Multiple Plots, Trendlines

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

Grade Calculation part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. This activity introduces the student to the concept of weighted averages by asking them to calculate course grades and grade point averages.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Creating and manipulating tabular data:Lookup function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation
Subject: Education, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Statistical Functions:One array:LARGE, SMALL, etc, AVERAGE, Other Manipulations and Functions:Lookup Functions, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas

What's the Difference? -- Calculating the difference in wages for a bookkeeper (AA degree) vs. a cashier (no college degree) part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a basic spreadsheet to calculate the accumulating difference in wages between two jobs in the context of deciding to get an AA degree.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs
Subject: Education
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

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:Modeling:Forward modeling, Calculus; Numerical methods:Finding maximum/minimum, Creating and manipulating tabular data:Lookup function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Linear programming, linear inequalities
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Computers, Health:Personal health
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT, Other Manipulations and Functions:Lookup Functions

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, 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, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots
Subject: Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Log Scale, One Plot, Other Elementary Math Functions:LOG, LOG10, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

Illegal Software Installation: Tracking software piracy rates around the world part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Module. Students use spreadsheets to analyze data on software piracy rates in various regions throughout the world

Quantitative Concepts: Creating and manipulating tabular data:Pivot table, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Rates, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs
Subject: Library and information Science, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Computers, Social science:Sociology (Criminology)
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph:Clustered, Other Manipulations and Functions:Pivot Table, Pivot Chart, Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph:Stacked, Angles and Trig Functions:PI

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