# Sustainability in Math Activities

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Population Growth, Ecological Footprints, and Overshoot part of Activities

Rikki Wagstrom, Metropolitan State University

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.

Plastic Waste Production part of Activities

Karen Bliss

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

Control Chart Project part of Activities

Owen Byer, Eastern Mennonite University

This is a short assignment that asks students to find some data related to sustainability and determine whether the mean of that data set is statistically stable, and whether the process being measured is in control or out of control. It is often used for quality control in a production process, but in this activity, it is used to see if an ecosystem process is stable and healthy or disrupted (out of control.)

Teaching Mathematics as Though Our Survival Mattered part of Activities

Martin Walker

Mathematics plays a pivotal role in helping us understand "the current human condition." This attached article provides multiple examples and is useful as a supplemental reading. A variety of math problems could also be extracted for course use.

Predicting Next Year's Population part of Activities

Bill Bauldry, Appalachian State University

Students use current population factors to predict the next five years' population for a chosen country.

The True Cost of Energy part of Activities

Daniel Flath, Macalester College

How much would it add to the cost of burning a light bulb for a year if you pay for damage to the environment, climate effects, and health harms created by using coal to generate the electrical energy?

Simple Population Space Usage part of Activities

Bill Bauldry, Appalachian State University

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 part of Activities

Holly Partridge

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

Problems for Calculus and Precalculus part of Activities

Deb Hughes Hallett, The University of Arizona

Problems on Energy and Climate for Students in Calculus I and II

The True Cost of Eggs: Commercial vs. Local part of Activities

Caira Bongers

How should I shower? part of Activities

Margaret Sullivan

In this activity, students will investigate the questions: What are the benefits/costs of 3 varieties of shower head types: standard, low flow, massage spray? Which would be best for a homeowner? For the university dorms?

One day it is too hot and other days it is too cold. Do we need to replace the HVAC system? part of Activities

Monika Kiss

This project will allow students to create a mathematical model to help in making decision about replacing HVAC units on a large scale.

Biking vs Driving part of Activities

Deirdre Smeltzer, Eastern Mennonite University

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

How Biodiverse is Lake Superior? An exercise in proportions. part of Activities

Stephanie Kajpust

Students use critical thinking and algebra to measure and evaluate the biodiversity in Lake Superior.

Salt Marshes: estimation techniques using basic algebra and geometry part of Activities

Yelena Meadows, Upper Iowa University; Sharareh Nikbakht, Appalachian State University

The activity allows for learning about salt marshes ecosystem and practicing of basic math in estimations.

Trawl Data Exploration in Multivariable Calculus part of Activities

Kris Green, Saint John Fisher College

This activity is based on exploring the data collected from all trawls around the Chincoteague Bay from 2005 - 2014. Students can construct their own contour diagrams as they cross section the data based on their own choices. This database could also be used to support similar activities in statistics or graph theory.

Fitting and Estimating Rates of Change in the Functions Underlying Earth's Bio-Development Over Time part of Activities

Alan Ableson; Jennifer Bready

What is happening in our world? How has the temperature changed? Have oxygen and carbon dioxide levels changed? How does this effect biodiversity? In this lab, we will investigate the changes in these four variables over various time periods to see how they relate.

Estimating OUR Carbon Footprint part of Activities

Ben Galluzzo, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania; Jean McGivney-Burelle; Rikki Wagstrom, Metropolitan State University

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Shift in life expectancy part of Activities

Holly Partridge

Determining the shift in expected life span over a century and the social and environmental impact

A Monarchy Deposed: The Demise of the Monarch Butterfly part of Activities

Daniel Abel, Coastal Carolina University

Monarch butterflies (scientific name: Danaus plexippus) migrate annually to forests in central Mexico from Canada and California. Those surviving the 1200 - 2800 mile migration overwinter in Mexico. In this activity, students will learn about the conservation biology of monarch butterflies, threats to their survival, the implications of their potential extinction, and ways to protect the species.