SSAC General Collection Modules

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Shaking Ground - Linking Earthquake Magnitude and Intensity part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
An in-class activity for connecting earthquake magnitude, shaking, and intensity.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, Reading graphs, XY scatter plots, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions, Geometry; Trigonometry :Circles (including radians and pi), Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

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

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

Exercise to Calculate River Discharge part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use field data from rivers to understand how river discharge is calculated.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Geometry; Trigonometry :Other plane figures, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data , Visual display of data :Reading graphs
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic

Introducing Endangered Birds to Ulva, NZ -- Modeling exponential and logistic growth of the yellowhead population part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to model the growth in population of a species of birds introduced to an isolated island in New Zealand.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Reading graphs, Basic arithmetic; Number sense: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:Logistic function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Calculus; Numerical methods:Differential equations including difference equations, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Calculus; Numerical methods:Finding maximum/minimum
Subject: Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas

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

How Sweet Is Your Tea? -- Practical experience with solutions and concentration part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a spreadshet to calculate grams solute to add to liters solvent to produce solution of desired concentration (mol/L).

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Estimation, Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions
Subject: Natural science:Chemistry
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

Why Don't I Feel Better Yet? Examining the effect of dose, time interval, and elimination rate on attaining a therapeutic drug level part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets across the Curriculum module. Students use a spreadsheet to build a two-way table of drug level vs. time and elimination rate with parameters dosage interval and amount.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions:Two-way table
Subject: Natural science:Chemistry, Health:Nursing, Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots

Buffer Capacity in Chemical Equilibrium: How long can you hyperventilate before severe alkalosis sets in? part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples

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:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Solving simultaneous equations, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Logarithmic function, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling
Subject: Natural science:Chemistry, Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

The Mole in Chemistry: How do you determine the number of atoms or molecules in everyday items? part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Module. Students build spreadsheets to practice converting between moles, grams, and atomic mass units.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Significant figures, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
Subject: Natural science, :Chemistry
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic, :Simple Formulas

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