SSAC General Collection Modules

Following are short descriptions of the available modules. To access any of them, select from the list and you will connect to cover material including learning goals, context of use, and other information. Within the cover material (under "Teaching Materials") there is a link by which you can download the student version of the module. You can also request an instructor's version by clicking on the "request" link under Teaching Materials.

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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

What Time Did The Potato Die? part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Simulating a forensic calculation, students build spreadsheets and create graphs to find the time of death of a potato victim from temperature vs. time data.

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 function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Inverse problem, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential decay, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations
Subject: Natural science:Biology, Social science:Sociology (Criminology)
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Trendlines, Multiple Plots

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

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

Getting Your Fair Share -- Jelly beans, student groups, and Alexander Hamilton part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheet Across the Curriculum module. Students develop an Excel spreadsheet to work with the quota method of apportionment designed by Alexander Hamilton.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
Subject: Social science:History
Excel Skills: Other Manipulations and Functions:ROUND, ROUNDUP, ROUNDOWN, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Logic Functions:IF, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Statistical Functions:One array:LARGE, SMALL, etc

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