SSAC General Collection Modules

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Simple vs. Compound Interest -- Spreadsheeting the Difference part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to tabulate, graph and compare the future value of investments with compound vs. simple interest. Spreadsheet level: beginner.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Rates:Rates of Change, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential (geometric) growth, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions, Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Creating and manipulating tabular data
Subject: Business, economics and finance :Finance, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

Is It Hot in Here? -- Spreadsheeting Conversions in the English and Metric Systems part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module/Introductory chemistry course. Students build spreadsheets to examine unit conversions between the metric and English systems. Spreadsheet level: Beginner.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations
Subject: Natural science:Earth science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, Statistical Functions:Two arrays:TREND, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Nested 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

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

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

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

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

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

Driving Across Town for Cheaper Gas -- A Cost/Benefit Analysis part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a spreadsheet to explore the trade-offs between "bargain-priced" gas vs. the extra mileage needed to get it. A modeling problem.

Quantitative Concepts: Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data , Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates
Subject: Business, economics and finance :Finance
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas