SSAC General Collection Modules

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Serial Dilution: Tracking Bacterial Population Size and Antibiotic Resistance part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to calculate and compare bacterial population sizes from lab cultures in antibiotic-free and antibiotic-containing media.

Quantitative Concepts: Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Inverse problem, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Creating equations; text-to-math translation
Subject: Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Logic Functions:IF, OR, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

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

Chemical Equilibrium -- What Are the Characteristics of Equilibrium Reactions? part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to compare the time course of a reaction that goes to completion to that of an equilibrium reaction.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential decay, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling
Subject: Natural science:Chemistry
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Percent (format), Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots

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

A Healthier You: Modeling a Healthier Weight from Dietary Improvement and Exercise part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students calculate the number of days it takes for participants in a hypothetical weight-reduction program to reach a target weight. QL: rates of change.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions, Modeling:Forward modeling, Creating and manipulating tabular data
Subject: Natural science:Biology, Health:Personal health
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph:Clustered, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas

Index Numbers: Gasoline and Inflation -- Why We Need the Consumer Price Index part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to examine the price of gasoline, 1978-2005. QL: using ratios and proportions to make comparisons.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Creating and manipulating tabular data
Subject: Business, economics and finance :Economics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots

Predator-Prey Interactions -- Modeling the Number of Fishers and Porcupines in New Hampshire part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum activity/Introductory Ecology course. Students build and manipulate spreadsheets to model and graph populations using the Lotka-Volterra predator-prey equations.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Calculus; Numerical methods:Differential equations including difference equations, Creating and manipulating tabular data
Subject: Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas

Calzones vs. Mini-Pizzas -- A Linear Programming Problem part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a spreadsheet to find the combination of mini-pizzas and calzones that maximizes revenue given constraints on labor time and baking time.

Quantitative Concepts: 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, Straight lines and linear functions:Linear programming, linear inequalities, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions, Calculus; Numerical methods:Finding maximum/minimum
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics, Business, economics and finance : Business
Excel Skills: Logic Functions:IF, AND, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

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:Modeling:Forward modeling, Calculus; Numerical methods:Finding maximum/minimum, Creating and manipulating tabular data:Lookup function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Linear programming, linear inequalities
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Computers, Health:Personal health
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT, Other Manipulations and Functions:Lookup Functions

What's the Difference? -- Calculating the difference in wages for a bookkeeper (AA degree) vs. a cashier (no college degree) part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a basic spreadsheet to calculate the accumulating difference in wages between two jobs in the context of deciding to get an AA degree.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs
Subject: Education
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUM, Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas