SSAC General Collection Modules

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Carbon Sequestration in Campus Trees part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use allometric relationships to calculate tree mass from trunk diameter in a stand of trees in the Pacific Northwest.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Significant figures, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Logarithmic function, Exponential function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase
Subject: Natural science:Earth science, Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:Pie Chart, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Other Elementary Math Functions:EXP, LN
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From Isotopes to Temperature: Working With A Temperature Equation part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build a spreadsheet to examine from a dataset the relation between oxygen isotopes in corals and the temperature of surrounding seawater.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Standard deviation; variance; range, Line- and curve-fitting, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Line graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Goodness of fit (R2), Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Average; weighted average, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations
Subject: Natural science:Chemistry, Biology, Earth science
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:Line Graph, Bar Graph, Logic Functions:COUNTIF, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, STDEV, STDEVP, etc, MAX, MIN, etc
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Global Climate: Estimating How Much Sea Level Changes When Continental Ice Sheets Form part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to estimate how far sea level drops during a continental glaciation.

Quantitative Concepts: Geometry; Trigonometry :Spheres, Circles (including radians and pi), Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Significant figures, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Angles and Trig Functions:PI, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas
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Shaking Ground - Linking Earthquake Magnitude and Intensity part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
An in-class activity for connecting earthquake magnitude, shaking, and intensity.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, XY scatter plots, Reading graphs, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Exponential function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Geometry; Trigonometry :Circles (including radians and pi), Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas

Frequency of Large Earthquakes -- Introducing Some Elementary Statistical Descriptors part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students examine the number of large earthquakes (magnitude 7 and above) per year for 1970-1999 and 1940-1999. QL: descriptors of a frequency distribution.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Probability, Normal distribution, Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Median; mode, Mean, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Quartiles; percentiles, Creating and manipulating tabular data:Sorting data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Standard deviation; variance; range, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Statistics, Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Statistical Functions:One array:PERCENTILE, QUARTILE, Logic Functions:COUNTIF, SUMIF, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Statistical Functions:One array:MODE, Other Manipulations and Functions:Data/Sort, Statistical Functions:One array:MEDIAN, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas, Other Elementary Math Functions:SQRT, Statistical Functions:One array:LARGE, SMALL, etc, COUNT, COUNTA, Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT, Statistical Functions:One array:MAX, MIN, etc, STDEV, STDEVP, etc, VAR, VARP, etc, AVERAGE

Investing for Retirement part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use the Compound Interest Equation and an annuity equation to calculate the growth of investments over time.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential (geometric) growth, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates:Rates of Change
Subject: Business, economics and finance :Finance, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Statistics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot

Dirty Jobs vs. Clean Jobs part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use spreadsheets to help find the difference in percentages of salaries between dirty and clean jobs.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data , Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Average; weighted average, Rates, Creating and manipulating tabular data
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Statistics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions, Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format)

How Diverse Are We? -- Comparing Racial Composition of NYC and USA, 1980-2000 part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students analyze the percentage of change in the diversity of the US compared to New York City over 20 years.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Line graphs, Reading graphs, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Estimation, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Statistics, Humanities
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts, Basic Arithmetic:Percent (format), Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph, Bar Graph:Stacked, Basic Arithmetic, Graphs and Charts:Line Graph, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

Powers of 2: Many Grains of Wheat part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use a spreadsheet to connect powers of 2 to powers of 10 to help understand exponential growth.

Quantitative Concepts: Geometry; Trigonometry :Cubes and rectangular solids, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Logarithms; orders of magnitude; scientific notation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Exponential (geometric) growth, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Significant figures
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic

Maximize the Volume of a Box: Exploring Polynomial Functions part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to find the maximum volume of an open-top box by cut-and-folding a sheet of cardboard.

Quantitative Concepts: Calculus; Numerical methods:Finding maximum/minimum, Derivatives and integrals (analytical), Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Geometry; Trigonometry :Cubes and rectangular solids, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Dimensions, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Functions: general:Zeroes of function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Quadratic function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Inverse problem, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Polynomial function, Geometry; Trigonometry :Squares and rectangles
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts, Basic Arithmetic, Simple Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot