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

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

A Look at High School Dropout Rates: Average Rates of Change and Trend Lines part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a spreadsheet to calculate an average rate of change and compare it to the slope of the trend line on a scatter plot of a real-world data set

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Functions: general:Concept of function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers, Education
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, One Plot

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

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

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

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

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, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Rates, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering 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, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Rates:Rates of Change, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential (geometric) growth, Power function, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling
Subject: Business, economics and finance :Finance, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Statistics
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format)

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: Angles and Trig Functions:PI, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Other Manipulations and Functions:Pivot Table, Pivot Chart, Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph:Clustered, Stacked

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