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
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Central Arizona College
Aravaipa Campus
The Aravaipa Learning Community “Coming
Together Where the Waters Meet”
Learning Community Activities
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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:
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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
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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…
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The Aravaipa Learning Community “Coming
Together Where the Waters Meet”
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