# Quantitative Skills, Thinking, and Reasoning Activities

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Back-of-the-Envelope Calculations: Percentage of Copper in Ore

Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College

Question Suppose that you are building a new house. It will take about 90 kg (198 pounds) of copper to do the electrical wiring. In order to get the copper in the first place, someone needs to mine solid rock that ...

Population Growth, Ecological Footprints, and Overshoot

Rikki Wagstrom

In this activity, students develop and apply linear, exponential, and rational functions to explore past and projected U.S. population growth, carbon footprint trend, ecological overshoot, and effectiveness of hypothetical carbon dioxide reduction initiatives.

Choosing Between Home Appliances: Benefits to the Planet and Your Wallet

Corri Taylor, Wellesley College

Students research various options for new appliances and make purchasing decisions based not merely on purchase price, but also on energy efficiency, which has implications for the planet AND for longer-term personal finances. Students calculate the "payback period" for the more energy efficient appliance and calculate long-term savings.

Plastic Waste Production

Karen Bliss

In this exercise, students will use data to predict the amount of plastic waste in the next ten years.

Energy Cost of Engine Idling

Ben Fusaro

This is an open-ended but elementary modeling exercise about idling energy behaviors and impacts.

How much energy do you save by doubling insulation?

Joseph Skufca

Students will be provided the governing equation for steady state heat transfer across a surface. They will use that equation to explore the effect of changing the insulation value on the amount of energy used.

Simple Population Space Usage

Bill Bauldry

Students find current values for world and US populations, the area of Texas, and the size of the average house in the USA. Students then look at ratios to assess land usage.

Water conservation

Holly Partridge

Small amounts of water in one home dripping from a faucet can add up to huge monetary and resource losses

Should I Unplug?

Lori Carmack

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Biking vs Driving

Deirdre Smeltzer

How much difference would biking to work one day per week make?