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

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)

Dirty Jobs vs. Clean Jobs part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use spreadsheets to help find the difference in percentages of salaries between dirty and clean jobs.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data , Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Rates, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Creating and manipulating tabular data
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Statistics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Arithmetic Functions, Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph

Investing for Retirement part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use the Compound Interest Equation and an annuity equation to calculate the growth of investments over time.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Rates:Rates of Change, 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, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Creating and manipulating tabular data
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Statistics, Business, economics and finance :Finance
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format)

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:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Goodness of fit (R2), Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Reading graphs, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Logarithmic function, Exponential (geometric) growth, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function
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, Linear programming, linear inequalities, 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
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Computers, Health:Personal health
Excel Skills: Other Manipulations and Functions:Lookup Functions, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT

The Digital Divide: A Data Analysis Activity Using Subtotals part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students analyze a given data set to understand the "Digital Divide" by means of percentages and the Subtotal tool in Excel.

Quantitative Concepts: Creating and manipulating tabular data:Sorting data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Average; weighted average, Rates, Creating and manipulating tabular data:Subtotals
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Computers, Statistics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Other Manipulations and Functions, :Data/Sort, Basic Arithmetic

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

The "Perfect" Date: Ranking and Rating Decisions with a Spreadsheet part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a spreadsheet to rank and rate potential dates by calculating weighted sums of a variety of attributes.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Creating and manipulating tabular data:Sorting data
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, Other Manipulations and Functions:Data/Sort

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