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4434Critical Thinking Exercises
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Critical thinking in my class refers to the ability to answer why and how questions such as why do people commit crimes and why do people vote the way they do. Critical thinking also refers to the ability to develop organized and logical arguments and to test hypotheses using the scientific approach. In my class there are two papers that revolve around the analysis of quantitative data. On this site I have posted the assignments I have used in five semesters along with the data sets that are used in these assignments. These assignments could be used in a critical thinking class or any class that included a component that involved the analysis of quantitative data.Sun, 11 Jul 2010 13:27:53 -0700Calculus of the Dinner Table: Mathematical Modeling
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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. 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.Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:54:50 -0700Fundamental Theorem of Calculus: An Investigation
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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.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.Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:56:49 -0700Exercises Using the 2014 General Social Survey and SPSS: attitudes toward abortion
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There are two exercises that use data from the 2014 General Social Survey to explore topics in attitudes toward abortion. These exercises could be used to help students learn the principles of quantitative analysis with a focus on attitudes toward abortion. Topics include attitudes toward abortion, quantitative analysis, statistics, mesurement, reliability, two- and three-variable tables, percents, Chi Square, measures of association, and Cronbach's Alpha. 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 http://ssric.org/node/459. 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.Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:10:24 -0700EXERCISING IN SPACE
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'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. Students willidentify direct variation from ordered pairs by calculating the constant of variation;calculate slope from two points using the slope formula;determine independent and dependent variables;solve linear equations; andcreate tables.'Links are provided here for both the teacher's information and the students' information.Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:58:00 -0800Let's Tweet
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Introduction to using Twitter to communicate during a class. Although this assignment was created for use in a specific graduate class, the HTML file can be copied and modifed by others.Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:09:38 -0700Public Opinion on Social Issues, 1975-2010 (Updated August 2011)
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This module was designed to introduce students to the basics of data analysis. The focus is on two and three variable crosstabulations. Chi square and measures of association (Gamma, Cramer's V) are introduced and may or may not be used as the instructor wishes. The codebook includes some variables in both recoded and unrecoded form (age, education) so the instructor may teach recoding or not teach it. Variables have been created and added to the data set for religiosity and tolerance. There are two data sets--one that includes only the 2010 file and the other that includes data from six years (1975, 1982, 1989, 1996, and 2002/2004 combined to represent 2003, and 2010). Instructors can choose to focus on a detailed analysis of a single year or on change over time. The focus of the module is on developing and testing hypotheses. These materials will be useful in classes that focus on social problems and in research methods and social statistics classes. Instructors are free to adapt the materials to their classes in any way they would like to. Sat, 17 Jul 2010 10:09:06 -0700Supply Chain Management Simulation Activity
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This assignment uses the Near Beer supply chain management simulation to demonstrate the complexities of meeting changes in consumer demand on the supply chain side. Fri, 13 Aug 2010 02:01:17 -0700Using PRIZM Look-up to Identify Consumer Markets
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This is an assignment using the PRIZM zip code geo-demographics to illustrate consumer markets and segmentation. Fri, 13 Aug 2010 01:52:23 -0700Biology Junction
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A collection of biology worksheets and other helpful teaching materials authored or compiled by Cheryl Massengale. Tue, 7 Sep 2010 20:49:07 -0700