# SSAC General Collection Modules

Following are short descriptions of the available modules. To access any of them, select from the list and you will connect to cover material including learning goals, context of use, and other information. Within the cover material (under "Teaching Materials") there is a link by which you can download the student version of the module.

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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:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Statistical models; statistical inference; sampling, Visual display of data :Logarithmic scale, Creating and manipulating tabular data, 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, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Significant figures, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Power function, Logarithmic function, Exponential function, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase
Subject: Natural science:Earth science, Biology
Excel Skills: Other Elementary Math Functions:LN, Graphs and Charts:Pie Chart, Other Elementary Math Functions:EXP, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas

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 :Goodness of fit (R2), Standard deviation; variance; range, Line- and curve-fitting, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Average; weighted average, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Slope, intercept; linear trends, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Line graphs, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Bar graphs; column graphs; stacked bar graphs, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase
Subject: Natural science:Chemistry, Biology, Earth science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, Graphs and Charts:Bar Graph, Line Graph, Logic Functions:COUNTIF, Statistical Functions:One array:MAX, MIN, etc, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Statistical Functions:One array:AVERAGE, STDEV, STDEVP, etc

Exercise to Calculate River Discharge part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use field data from rivers to understand how river discharge is calculated.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :Reading graphs, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Estimation, Number operations:Number operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Geometry; Trigonometry :Other plane figures, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Gathering data
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic

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 :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, Geometry; Trigonometry :Spheres, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations
Subject: Natural science:Earth science
Excel Skills: Angles and Trig Functions:PI, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas, Nested Formulas

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

Minimizing Cost while Meeting Nutritional Needs -- An example of linear programming part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
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.

Quantitative Concepts: Calculus; Numerical methods:Finding maximum/minimum, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data , Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions:Linear programming, linear inequalities, Solving simultaneous equations, Creating and manipulating tabular data:Lookup function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions:Contours
Subject: Health:Personal health, Mathematics, statistics and computers:Computers
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Arithmetic Functions:SUMPRODUCT, Other Manipulations and Functions:Lookup Functions

Computing Dosage for Infants and Children -- Calculation of Dosage by the Body Weight Method part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
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.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Creating equations; text-to-math translation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Manipulating equations, Modeling:Forward modeling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Units and Dimensions:Unit Conversions
Subject: Health:Nursing
Excel Skills: Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

Chaos in Population Dynamics -- Understanding Chaos in the Logistic Model part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to explore conditions that lead to chaotic behavior in logistic models of populations that grow discretely.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Goodness of fit (R2), Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Calculus; Numerical methods:Iteration, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential (geometric) growth:Logistic function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Multivariable functions, Calculus; Numerical methods:Differential equations including difference equations, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Rates
Subject: Mathematics, statistics and computers:Mathematics, Natural science:Biology
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:One Plot, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas

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

Simple vs. Compound Interest -- Spreadsheeting the Difference part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module. Students build spreadsheets to tabulate, graph and compare the future value of investments with compound vs. simple interest. Spreadsheet level: beginner.

Quantitative Concepts: Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Descriptive statistics; trend lines :Line- and curve-fitting, Creating and manipulating tabular data, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Nonlinear functions of a single variable:Exponential function, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Straight lines and linear functions, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Comparisons; percent difference, change, increase, Measurement; Data presentation and analysis; Probability:Visual display of data :XY scatter plots, Basic arithmetic; Number sense:Ratio and proportion; percentage; interpolation, Algebra; Modeling; Functions:Modeling:Forward modeling, 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:Mathematics
Excel Skills: Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Trendlines, Basic Arithmetic:Nested Formulas, Graphs and Charts:XY Scatterplot:Multiple Plots, Basic Arithmetic:Simple Formulas