Smokey Bear Takes Algebra

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
Pros

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

  • None