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: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Geometry; Trigonometry :Cubes and rectangular solids, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Estimation, Significant figures, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Geometry; Trigonometry :Squares and rectangles, Other solid figures
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics, Social science:History
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested 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: 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, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Goodness of fit (R2), Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Inverse problem, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential decay, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Reading graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting
Subject: Social science:Sociology (Criminology), Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Multiple Plots, Trendlines

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: Calculus; Numerical methods:Iteration, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Geometry; Trigonometry :Circles (including radians and pi), Triangles and trigonometric ratios, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Geometry; Trigonometry :Other plane figures
Subject: Social science:History, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, Simple Formulas, Logic Functions:IF, Logic Functions

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

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, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Percent (format), Statistical Functions:One array:LARGE, SMALL, etc, Logic Functions:IF

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, Uncertainty:Effect of uncertainty; sensitivity, 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), Triangles and trigonometric ratios
Subject: Social science:Geography, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics
Excel Skills: Angles and Trig Functions:PI, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Angles and Trig Functions:COS, ACOS, TAN, ATAN, ATAN2