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Linear and Exponential Models

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Linear or exponential, see if your class can tell the difference. This very basic learning exercise looks at different representations including tables of values, graphing, and an equation to assess understanding. This would make a good...
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Atomic Candy

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Mmmmm! Radioactive "candium!" Nuclear physics or chemistry classes use M&M'S® to demonstrate the process of radioactive decay. Individuals pour out a bag of candies and record the number that fall M-side-up to represent the number of...
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Strike a Pose: Modeling in the Real World (There's Nothing to It!)

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Adjust this lesson to fit either beginning or more advanced learners. Build a scatter plot, determine appropriate model (linear, quadratic, exponential), and then extend to evaluate the model with residuals. This problem uses real-world...
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Using Tables to Solve Linear Functions

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Oh that intercept! Budding algebra masters solve linear equations from standard to intercept form. They identify the slope and y-intercept to help graph the lines, an then create coordinate pairs using a table of values. Great TI tips...
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Maximizing Your Efforts

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Students graph systems of equation. In this algebra activity, students find where the lines cross and identify the type of solution. They analyze a graph and write the equation of the line.
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Dog Days or Dog Years?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In need of some algebraic fun with real world implications?Learners use ordered pairs, a table of values and a scatter plot to evaluate the validity of several real world data sets. The class focuses on  dog ages in human years, domain,...
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Algebra Nomograph

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Investigation of a nomograph teaches high schoolers to determine the rule of a function by examining the input and output values.  Students use a nomograph on their Ti-Nspire to determine the function rule.  High schoolers make a scatter...
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TI-Nspire Activity: What Does Your Representation Tell You?

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
By learning to select the best representation for three meal plans, learners compare three meal plans to determine the best choice. Data for the meal plans is sorted on a table, as an algebraic equation, and graphed on a coordinate grid....
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Tight Rope

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Learn how to explore the concept of linear functions.  In this linear functions lesson, students collect linear data from a motion detector.  Students walk to create a linear function.  Students plot the points on a graph and determine a...
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Investigating Equations of Lines

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
High schoolers investigate linear equations as they use technology (Cabri, Jr.) to explore the equations of lines in slope-intercept form. The technology allows learners to manipulate the line and observe the changes in the parameters of...
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Writing Equations for Parallel Lines

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Acquaint your class with the concept of parallel lines. Learners watch a PowerPoint presentation about how to write equations of parallel lines. Their understanding of linear equations and slope is taken a step further by the exercises...
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Trains in Motion

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Young scholars compare two object as they find the distance between them. In this geometry lesson, students create an equation describing the distance of time as a function. They use the navigator to observe the distance.
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Computing with Mathematical Formulas

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Learners solve problems using formulas. In this algebra activity, students evaluate numbers using substitution. They graph their answers using a TI and discuss the outcome.
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Density

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Students observe a demonstration of regular soda versus diet soda.  In this exploring density instructional activity students complete a lab on density and present a PowerPoint presentations of their results.
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Match Me Plus

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Have your class investigate Piecewise functions by matching a position versus time graph to the function that describe the walk.
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Golden Ratio Lab

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Learners investigate the Golden Ratio in this algebra I or geometry lesson. They explore the Golden Ratio as the conduct an experiment in which they collect various measurement from their team members and find the regression equations...
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Finding a Line of Best Fit

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils engage in the practice of creating a scatter plot with the data obtained from measuring different resting heart rates. The data is used to create the table that is translated into a graph. The lesson gives instructions for the use...