Smokey Bear Takes Algebra

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Only algebra can stop forest fires. Pupils explore fire danger ratings using mathematical models. They consider the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS), the Angstrom Index, and the Nesterov Index.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Team up with an environmental science teacher for the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Resource assumes learners know how to use graphing calculators
  • Scholars should have knowledge of linear, quadratic, and exponential models

  • Includes worksheets with answers
  • Teacher guide provides detailed information for the activity

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