Is It Hot in Here? -- Spreadsheeting Conversions in the English and Metric Systems

Cheryl Coolidge
Colby-Sawyer College, New London NH
Created: 2006-07-28 13:48:00 Last Modified: October 30, 2007 13:32
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Summary

In this Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum activity, students create spreadsheets to convert units between and within the English and the metric systems. They work with units for temperature, volume and mass. The module includes a review of the basics about unit conversions and an introduction to spreadsheets for new users.

Learning Goals

Students will

In the process the students will

Context for Use

This activity is intended for use in a first semester college course in chemistry, biology, earth science, or other class where unit conversions are used. It will be a review for many students. It is also appropriate for advanced placement classes.

Description and Teaching Materials


SSAC2006.Q199.CC1.2-student (PowerPoint 301kB Feb15 07)

The module is a PowerPoint presentation with embedded spreadsheets. If the embedded spreadsheets are not visible, save the PowerPoint file to disk and open it from there.

This PowerPoint file is the student version of the module. An instructor version is available by request. The instructor version includes the completed spreadsheet. Send your request to Len Vacher (vacher@usf.edu) by filling out and submitting the Instructor Module Request Form.

Students will need computers to complete this assignment.

Teaching Notes and Tips

The module is constructed to be a stand-alone resource. It can be used as a homework assignment or lab activity. It can also be used as the basis of an interactive classroom activity.

An optional introduction to the use of Excel spreadsheets is included in the activity for novice Excel users.

Assessment

The last two slides are an end-of-module assignment that can be used to examine student understanding and learning gains.

The instructor's version also includes a pretest that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the module.

References and Resources

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