Understanding the Air through Data Analysis

Is there a correlation or causation relationship between air pollutants? Groups develop a hypothesis about the daily variation of air pollutants, specifically ozone and CO2. Using Excel to analyze the data, the groups evaluate their hypotheses and reflect on conclusions reached from their analysis. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Conduct a short mini-lesson on the differences between causation and correlation
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should be familiar with basic statistics such as calculating measures of center and measures of variability
  • The classes' familiarity with Excel will greatly affect the time it takes to complete the activity
  • The fifth in a six-part series
Pros

  • The resource has an Excel reference sheet as a resource for pupils that are not that familiar with Excel
  • Documents come as docx files to enable easy editing
Cons

  • None