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

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

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

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

Modeling Exponential Bacteria Growth on Planet Riker part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Module. Students use Excel to conduct data analysis and examine bacteria growth in a lake.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Reading graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Goodness of fit (R2), Line- and curve-fitting, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential (geometric) growth, Exponential function, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Logarithmic function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation
Subject: Natural science:Biology, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, Other Elementary Math Functions:LN

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

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: Other Manipulations and Functions:Lookup Functions, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Statistical Functions:One array:LARGE, SMALL, etc, AVERAGE, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple 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

How Large is the Great Pyramid of Giza? -- Would it make a wall that would enclose France? part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students calculate the volume of the Great Pyramid and, following Napoleon, estimate whether its volume is large enough to make a wall around France.

Quantitative Concepts: Geometry; Trigonometry :Other solid figures, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Geometry; Trigonometry :Cubes and rectangular solids, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Significant figures, Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Geometry; Trigonometry :Squares and rectangles
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics, Social science:History
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas

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