Math Activities for Interdisciplinary Studies Presentation for AMATYC Conference 2002 Phoenix, Arizona, November 17, 2002 Central Arizona College Math Instructor: Shay Cardell Archaeology Instructor: Maren Wilson Math Activities for Interdisciplinary Studies Math and Archaeology at Central Arizona College Aravaipa Campus The Aravaipa Learning Community “Coming Together Where the Waters Meet” Learning Community Activities • • • • • • • Field Trips Guest Speakers Science Labs Simulations Reading, Writing and Math Skills Practice Community Service Group Projects and Presentations Planning Activities • The instructors planned the initial activities to demonstrate active learning methods • Later the students planned and provided their own learning activities. Simulation Group Projects Students divided themselves into groups for research projects and presentations: – – – – – – – Plants and Animals Indians Trappers Ranchers and Farmers Government Miners Townspeople Types of Research Products Students organized their research into interesting and meaningful presentations: Dramatic historical reenactments Computer Simulations Interactive Web Pages Powerpoint presentations Guest Speakers Role play simulations Debates Videos Stories Field Trips Scrapbooks How to Put Math in a Project 1. Find number(s) with a cause & effect relationship (“A Function”). 2. Translate the relationship into 5 math languages. 3. Predict a result. 4. Use the math to discover an interesting conclusion. 5. Communicate your results clearly. Five Math Languages 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Words Table Graph Equation System Model Math Activities and Skills Riparian Plant Survey – Tree Diameter – Circles – Percent canopy cover – Percent – Height of a tree - Ratio Math Activities and Skills • Soil Salinization Lab – Density, Volume Math Activities and Skills Fish Banks Ecology Simulation – Number sense and estimation Math Activities and Skills • Camp Grant Massacre – Linear Model Math Activities and Skills Estimating Height from Bones – Ratio, Linear Model Math Activities and Skills • Tree Ring Dating – Ratios, Linear models, Equations Math Activities and Skills • Hohokam Land Use – Area, Population Density • Population Growth- Exponential Growth • Limits to Growth – Logistical Function Math Activities and Skills Radioactive Dating – Exponential Decay Math Activities and Skills Site Recording – Measurement, Angles, Ratio, Scale Drawing Math Activities and Skills Site Transformation – Measurement, Pythagorean Theorem, Graphing, Ratio, Scale Drawing To be continued… For more about our activities visit our web page at: http://www.geocities.com/lcomavc The Aravaipa Learning Community “Coming Together Where the Waters Meet”

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