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:Normal distribution, Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Probability, Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Standard deviation; variance; range, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Average; weighted average, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Creating and manipulating tabular data:Sorting data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Median; mode, Quartiles; percentiles, Mean
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Statistics, Natural science:Earth science
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:LARGE, SMALL, etc, Other Elementary Math Functions:SQRT, Statistical Functions:One array:COUNT, COUNTA, AVERAGE, MODE, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Statistical Functions:One array:MAX, MIN, etc, VAR, VARP, etc, STDEV, STDEVP, etc, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT, Statistical Functions:One array:MEDIAN

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, 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, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

Carbon Sequestration in Campus Trees part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use allometric relationships to calculate tree mass from trunk diameter in a stand of trees in the Pacific Northwest.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Significant figures, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Logarithmic function, Exponential function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, XY scatter plots
Subject: Natural science:Biology, Earth science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, Graphs and Charts:Pie Chart, Other Elementary Math Functions:EXP

How Large is a Ton of Rock? -- Thinking about Rock Density part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to calculate the edge length of cubes and diameter of spheres of various rocks starting with their mineralogic composition.

Quantitative Concepts: Geometry; Trigonometry :Spheres, Cubes and rectangular solids, Geometry; Trigonometry , Algebra; Modeling; Functions, :Modeling:Inverse problem, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Units and Dimensions, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense, :Unit conversions
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Angles and Trig Functions, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Angles and Trig Functions:PI, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Basic Arithmetic, :Arithmetic Functions, Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT

Radioactive Decay and Popping Popcorn -- Understanding the Rate Law part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to forward model an example of exponential decay and interpret the meaning of the decay constant.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Goodness of fit (R2), Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Probability, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Units and Dimensions:Dimensions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential decay, Exponential function, Calculus; Numerical methods:Differential equations including difference equations, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, XY scatter plots
Subject: Natural science:Physics, Chemistry
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Trendlines, Basic Arithmetic: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: 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

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

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: Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential (geometric) growth:Logistic function, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Goodness of fit (R2), Calculus; Numerical methods:Differential equations including difference equations, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions, Calculus; Numerical methods:Iteration, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics, Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

Calibrating a Pipettor part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum activity. In advance of an actual lab activity, students virtually simulate the calibration of a laboratory micropipettor. QL: Accuracy and precision.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Standard deviation; variance; range, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Mean, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty:Precision vs. accuracy, Error; relative error, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Uncertainty:Effect of uncertainty; sensitivity, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations
Subject: Natural science:Earth science, Biology, Chemistry
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph:Clustered, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Error Bars, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, Other Elementary Math Functions:SQRT, Statistical Functions:One array:COUNT, COUNTA, STDEV, STDEVP, etc, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM

Bacteria in a Flask -- Spreadsheeting Population Density vs. Time part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students tabulate and graph data on bacteria density vs. time for a culture. Data start with innoculation and progress through the peak and decline.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Reading graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Rates:Rates of Change, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential (geometric) growth, Creating and manipulating tabular data:Organizing and classifying data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Finite differences, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots
Subject: Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Log Scale, One Plot, Other Elementary Math Functions:LOG, LOG10, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

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