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These teaching activities have been designed with the aim of helping develop students' quantitative skills, literacy, or reasoning. To search by a specific discipline, use the 'Refine the Results' links on the right.


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Shift in life expectancy
Holly Partridge
Determining the shift in expected life span over a century and the social and environmental impact

Biking vs Driving
Deirdre Smeltzer, Eastern Mennonite University
How much difference would biking to work one day per week make?

Estimating OUR Carbon Footprint
Ben Galluzzo, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania; Jean McGivney-Burelle; Rikki Wagstrom, Metropolitan State University
Description here.

A Healthier You: Modeling a Healthier Weight from Dietary Improvement and Exercise
Loretta Sharma, Delta College
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.

Computing Dosage for Infants and Children -- Calculation of Dosage by the Body Weight Method
Jian Zou, Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to find dosages in mL/admin from prescription in mg/day/kg and admins/day; body weight in lbs; and concentration in mg/mL.

Bacteria in a Flask -- Spreadsheeting Population Density vs. Time
Loretta Sharma, Delta College
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students tabulate and graph data on bacteria density vs. time for a culture. Data start with innoculation and progress through the peak and decline.

Administering Medications to Patients -- Calculating Dosages in the Clinical Setting
Shari Goldberg, Colby-Sawyer College
Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Module. Students build a spreadsheet to calculate proper medicine dosages using the metric system.

Minimizing Cost while Meeting Nutritional Needs -- An example of linear programming
Yu-Ju Kuo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
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.

Why Don't I Feel Better Yet? Examining the effect of dose, time interval, and elimination rate on attaining a therapeutic drug level
cheryl coolidge, Colby-Sawyer College
Spreadsheets across the Curriculum module. Students use a spreadsheet to build a two-way table of drug level vs. time and elimination rate with parameters dosage interval and amount.

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