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-1-1Effect of Coefficient of x on Parabola Vertex (b<0)
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<p>This classroom activity presents College Algebra students with a ConcepTest, a Question of the Day, and a Write-pair-share activity concerning the effect of the coefficient of x on the vertex of a parabola where a>0, b<0 and a and c are arbitrarily fixed values in f(x)=ax^2+bx+c.</p>Wed, 25 Aug 2010 18:38:16 GMTJames Rutledge St. Petersburg CollegeExercises for an Introductory Statistics Course Using PSPP and the 2014 General Social Survey
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<p>These exercises (15 in all) were written for instructors teaching an introductory class in statistics. They were written so each exercise is independent of the others and any one exercise can be used even if the other exercises are not used. These instructional exercises were originally written for SPSS. However, some colleges, including many community colleges, do not have a site license for SPSS. The cost of SPSS is often prohibitive, so I rewrote the exercises to run in PSPP, which is free statistical software sponsored by the Free Software Foundation. With some exceptions, PSPP is similar to SPSS. I prepared two documents to help you with PSPP – “Notes on Using PSPP" and “Differences Between PSPP and SPSS" which should answer many of your questions about PSPP. These documents can be downloaded from the website. The data set used in this exercise is gss14_subset_for_classes_STATISTICS_pspp.sav which is a subset of the 2014 General Social Survey. Each exercise consists of four files all of which can be downloaded: the exercise itself as a Word (docx) file, notes to instructor as a Word (docx) file, the data file, and the syntax file necessary to carry out the exercise. You have permission to use these exercises and to revise them to fit your needs. Each exercise has a set of keywords to give you a quick view of what is covered.</p>Sat, 18 Jun 2016 03:27:50 GMTEd Nelson California State University, FresnoExercises Using the 2014 General Social Survey and SPSS: Confidence in Societal Institutions and Spending Priorities
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<p>There are four exercises that use data from the 2014 General Social Survey to explore confidence in societal institutions and spending priorities. These exercises could be used to help students learn the principles of quantitative analysis. Statistical topics covered include frequency distributions, crosstabs, two and three variable tables, percents, Chi Square, and measures of association. These exercises refer students to the relevant parts of an online introduction to SPSS – the software package used in the exercises. This online introduction is freely available at <a href="http://ssric.org/node/459" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://ssric.org/node/459.</a> Each exercise consists of five files – the data set in SPSS format, extended notes to the instructor, the SPSS syntax necessary to carry out the exercise, and the SPSS output for the exercise. The exercise itself is available in both in HTML and Microsoft Word (docx) format.</p>Fri, 17 Jun 2016 23:30:10 GMTEd Nelson California State University, FresnoEXERCISING IN SPACE
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<p>'Students will identify a direct variation, solve linear equations, and create tables based on the exercise equipment provided for astronauts on long duration missions on the International Space Station (ISS) in order to maintain their fitness to perform mission objectives and to return to Earth without serious health complications. <br /><br />Students will</p>
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<li>identify direct variation from ordered pairs by calculating the constant of variation;</li>
<li>calculate slope from two points using the slope formula;</li>
<li>determine independent and dependent variables;</li>
<li>solve linear equations; and</li>
<li>create tables.'</li>
</ul>
<p>Links are provided here for both the teacher's information and the students' information.</p>Wed, 05 Nov 2014 01:58:00 GMTNASAGender Difference Exercises Using SPSS and the General Social Survey
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<p>There are four exercise that use data from the 2014 General Social Survey to explore gender differences. These exercises could be used to help students learn the principles of quantitative analysis with a focus on gender differences. The exercises look at gender differences in political party affiliation, political orientation (conservative, moderate, liberal), political interest, voting, and opinion on the social issues of abortion, capital punishment, and gun control. Control variables (i.e., family income, respondent's income, gun ownership) are added into the analysis to see how they affect gender differences. Exercises refer students to the relevant parts of an online introduction to SPSS, the software package used in this analysis. This online introduction is freely avalable at <a href="http://ssric.org/node/459" rel="nofollow">http://ssric.org/node/459</a>. Each exercise consists of four files -- the data set in SPSS format, extended notes to the instructor, the SPSS syntax necessary to carry out the exercise, and the SPSS output for the exercise.</p>Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:02:05 GMTEd Nelson California State University, FresnoGeneral Social Survey (2014): Statistics Using SDA (Survey Documentation and Analysis)
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<p>These exercises (15 in all) were written for instructors teaching an introductory class in statistics. They were written so each exercise is independent of the others and any one exercise can be used even if the other exercises are not used. These instructional exercises were originally written for SPSS. However, some colleges, including many community colleges, do not have a site license for SPSS. The cost of SPSS is often prohibitive, so I rewrote the exercises to run in SDA, an online statistical package written and maintained at UC Berkeley. SDA is freely available wherever you have an internet connection. I prepared a document to help you with SDA (Notes on Using SDA) which should answer some of your questions about SDA. These documents can be downloaded from the website. The data set used in this exercise is the 2014 General Social Survey. Each exercise consists of two files both of which can be downloaded: the exercise itself as a Word (docx) file and notes to instructor as a Word (docx) file. You have permission to use these exercises and to revise them to fit your needs. Each exercise has a set of keywords to give you a quick view of what is covered.</p>Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:29:00 GMTEd Nelson California State University, FresnoGeometry Worksheets for High School
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<p>This site has some great geometry worksheets for high school level students. There are free worksheets as well as an option to buy more worksheets with study resources. The worksheets are fun and use engaging examples to explain concepts.</p><p> </p>Fri, 23 Sep 2011 07:54:37 GMTMath and Geometry Worksheets
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<p>This is a great site for finding worksheets related to lessons in algebra and geometry. There are also math related puzzles available to use.</p>Fri, 23 Sep 2011 07:40:33 GMTJason BattersonMenu Math
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<p>This is a lesson created for fifth grade, but can be modified to fit other grade levels. The assignment is based on a real world task of ordering food and following a budget. The objective is for students to compute the total of the dinner without using a calculator. The lesson outlines all of the steps necessary for this assignment.</p>Wed, 02 Nov 2011 02:37:40 GMTKelly MahoneySolve a 4x4 Sudoku Puzzle
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<p>This lesson plan was developed to help early grade school teachers demonstrate to students how to use simple deductive logic to solve a simple 4x4 matrix Sudoku puzzle. </p><p>There is a description of instructional objectives as they apply to the NET-S and to the Michigan Grade level Content Expectations. There is a description of important content for the learner to grasp in order to complete the objectives. There is a PDF of an example puzzle to use as practice or assessment. There is a link to developmentally appropriate puzzle web sites to be used as practice or assessment. Finally, there is a brief description of an instructional plan.</p>Mon, 31 Jan 2011 02:56:50 GMTJeffrey PowersTalk or Text? Application
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<p>This is an adaptation from the Talk or Text? learning activity found on illuminations.nctm.org</p>Thu, 04 Mar 2010 20:38:13 GMTalyshea corsaro; Michelle ParkerCalculus of the Dinner Table: Mathematical Modeling
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<p>Calculus students are presented with a write-pair-share activity that initially involves the construction of a model based on direct variation and later involves the use of calculus as a means by which to analyze the model. Suitable for either Calculus I or Calculus II students.</p><p> Note: This project has a sequel entitled Fundamental Theorem of Calculus: An Investigation (listed under Interactive Lectures) in which the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus is investigated via the constructed model.</p>Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:54:50 GMTJames Rutledge St. Petersburg CollegeExercises Using the 2014 General Social Survey and SPSS: Religion
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<p>Description: There are four exercises that use data from the 2014 General Social Survey to explore topics in religion. These exercises could be used to help students learn the principles of quantitative analysis with a focus on religion. Topics include religious preference, religiosity, fundamentalism, conceptualization, measurement, reliability, validity, hypotheses, and spuriousness. These exercises refer students to the relevant parts of an online introduction to SPSS – the software package used in the exercises. This online introduction is freely available at <a href="http://ssric.org/node/459" rel="nofollow">http://ssric.org/node/459</a>. Each exercise consists of five files – the data set in SPSS format, extended notes to the instructor, the SPSS syntax necessary to carry out the exercise, and the SPSS output for the exercise. The exercise itself is available in both in HTML and Microsoft Word (docx) format.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:38:53 GMTEd Nelson California State University, FresnoExercises Using the 2014 General Social Survey and SPSS: Statistics
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<p>These exercises (16 in all) were written for instructors teaching an introductory class in statistics. They were written so each exercise is independent of the others and any one exercise can be used even if the other exercises are not used. The exercises also serve to introduce students to SPSS which is a commonly used statistical package used in many classes. A good reference on using SPSS is <em>SPSS for Windows Version 22.0 A Basic Tutorial</em> by Linda Fiddler, John Korey, Edward Nelson (Editor), and Elizabeth Nelson. The online version of the book is at <a href="http://ssric.org/node/459" rel="nofollow">http://ssric.org/node/459</a>. Students are referred in the exercises to appropriate places in this book. The data set used in this exercise is gss14_subset_for_classes_STATISTICS.sav which is a subset of the 2014 General Social Survey. Each exercise consists of five files all of which can be downloaded: the exercise itself as a Word (docx) file, notes to instructor as a Word (docx) file, the data file in SPSS format, the SPSS syntax necessary to carry out the exercise as a SPSS syntax file, and the SPSS output for the exercise as a SPSS output file. You have permission to use these exercises and to revise them to fit your needs. Each exercise has a set of keywords to give you a quick view of what is covered.</p>Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:09:23 GMTEd Nelson California State University, FresnoFundamental Theorem of Calculus: An Investigation
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<p>Calculus students are presented with a write-pair-share activity that leads them to a practical understanding of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The activity involves analyzing a function that describes eating speed in a hypothetical dinner table experience. Suitable for either Calculus I or Calculus II students.</p><p>Note: This project has a prequel entitled Calculus of the Dinner Table: Mathematical Modeling (listed under Interactive Lectures) in which students construct the mathematical model for the king's eating speed. This prequel provides an excellent and engaging prelude to this activity.</p>Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:56:49 GMTJames Rutledge St. Petersburg CollegeTalk or Text
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<p>In this lesson, students compare different costs associated with two cell phone plans. They write equations with 2 variables and graph to find the solution of the system of equations. They then analyze the meaning of the graph and discuss other factors involved in choosing a cell phone plan.</p>Tue, 15 Dec 2009 20:22:58 GMTNCTMApplying System of Equations to a real-world situation
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<p>The students will use their knowledge of writing a system of linear equations and graphing linear equations to determine the best option when deciding to purchase a season ski pass or a day ski pass. The students will need to have prior knowledge of what the solution to a system of equations means in order to interpret their findings.</p>Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:01:40 GMTDana LordArea of Regular Polygons
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<p>The goal for this lesson is to provide students with an understanding of how to find the area of any regular polygon. This is a discovery-based lesson in which students collaborate with their peers and test ideas using technology.</p><p> </p>Thu, 07 Jul 2011 01:55:32 GMTAshley BartkowiakBalancing Equations
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<p>This is a technology rich lesson plan that can be used in a mathematics class to explore balancing equations.</p>Sun, 17 Mar 2013 23:28:55 GMTAndrea ColvilleCorrelates of Desistance
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Research has shown that marital status and employment are correlates of desistance. That is, adolescents involved with crime were more likely to discontinue offending in adulthood if they were married and had a good job. Most of what criminologists know about the process of desistance from crime is based on a sample of adult males in the 1950's. There is no question that life in America has changed drastically in the past fifty years. Given the importance of examining historical change inherent in the life course perspective, it is important to determine how changes in the social structure over time impact individuals. Therefore, the goals of this data analysis exercise are to examine changes in marriage and employment over the last fifty years. The purposes are to identify the changes that have taken place, and to hypothesize how these changes may affect the process of desistance from crime today.Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:01:58 GMTFord, Jason University of Central FloridaEffect of Coefficient of x on Parabola Vertex (b>0)
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<p>This classroom activity presents College Algebra students with a ConcepTest, a Question of the Day, and a Write-pair-share activity concerning the effect of the coefficient of x on the vertex of a parabola where a>0, b>0 and a and c are arbitrarily fixed values in f(x)=ax^2+bx+c.</p>Sat, 21 Aug 2010 22:44:14 GMTJames Rutledge St. Petersburg CollegeEffect of Coefficient of x^0 on Parabola Vertex
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<p>This classroom activity presents College Algebra students with a ConcepTest, a Question of the Day, and a Write-pair-share activity concerning the effect of the coefficient of x^0 (i.e., the constant, c) on the vertex of a parabola where a and b are arbitrarily fixed values in f(x)=ax^2+bx+c.</p>Sun, 22 Aug 2010 12:10:15 GMTJames Rutledge St. Petersburg CollegeEffect of Coefficient of x^2 on Parabola Shape
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<p>This classroom activity presents College Algebra students with a ConcepTest, a Question of the Day, and a Write-pair-share activity concerning the effect of the coefficient of x^2 on the shape of a parabola where b and c are arbitrarily fixed values in f(x)=ax^2+bx+c</p>Sun, 22 Aug 2010 12:17:08 GMTJames Rutledge St. Petersburg CollegeEffect of Coefficient of x^2 on Parabola Vertex (a<0)
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<p>This classroom activity presents College Algebra students with a ConcepTest, a Question of the Day, and a Write-pair-share activity concerning the effect of the coefficient of x^2 on the vertex of a parabola where a<0, b>0 and b and c are fixed values in f(x)=ax^2+bx+c.</p>Wed, 25 Aug 2010 18:41:33 GMTJames Rutledge St. Petersburg College