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, 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

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

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

Index Numbers: Gasoline and Inflation -- Why We Need the Consumer Price Index part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to examine the price of gasoline, 1978-2005. QL: using ratios and proportions to make comparisons.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Creating and manipulating tabular data
Subject: Business, economics and finance :Economics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, 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:Multiple Plots, One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, 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: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions, Modeling:Forward modeling, Creating and manipulating tabular data
Subject: Health:Personal health, Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph:Clustered, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas

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

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

Why Don't I Feel Better Yet? Examining the effect of dose, time interval, and elimination rate on attaining a therapeutic drug level part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets across the Curriculum module. Students use a spreadsheet to build a two-way table of drug level vs. time and elimination rate with parameters dosage interval and amount.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions:Two-way table
Subject: Natural science:Chemistry, Health:Nursing, Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots

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:Log Scale, One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Other Elementary Math Functions:LOG, LOG10

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