SSAC General Collection Modules

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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

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

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

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

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

Powers of 2: Many Grains of Wheat part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use a spreadsheet to connect powers of 2 to powers of 10 to help understand exponential growth.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Significant figures, Estimation, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential (geometric) growth, Power function, Geometry; Trigonometry :Cubes and rectangular solids, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic

How Diverse Are We? -- Comparing Racial Composition of NYC and USA, 1980-2000 part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students analyze the percentage of change in the diversity of the US compared to New York City over 20 years.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Line graphs, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Reading graphs
Subject: Humanities, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Statistics
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts, Basic Arithmetic, Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph, Line Graph, Bar Graph:Stacked, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Percent (format)

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:Inverse problem, 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:Forward modeling
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

Simple vs. Compound Interest -- Spreadsheeting the Difference part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to tabulate, graph and compare the future value of investments with compound vs. simple interest. Spreadsheet level: beginner.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Rates:Rates of Change, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Exponential (geometric) growth, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics, Business, economics and finance :Finance
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Trendlines

Is It Hot in Here? -- Spreadsheeting Conversions in the English and Metric Systems part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module/Introductory chemistry course. Students build spreadsheets to examine unit conversions between the metric and English systems. Spreadsheet level: Beginner.

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:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, 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
Subject: Natural science:Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, Statistical Functions:Two arrays:TREND, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas