Name |
Description |
Alternative Fuel Systems | The Alternative Fuel Systems MEA provides students with an engineering problem in which they must develop a procedure to decide the appropriate course for an automobile manufacturer to take given a set of constraints. The main focus of the MEA is to apply the concepts of work and energy to a business model. |
Compacting Cardboard | Students with investigate the amount of space that could be saved by flattening cardboard boxes. The analysis includes linear graphs and regression analysis along with discussions of slope and a direct variation phenomenon. |
Don't Blow the Budget! | Students use systems of equations and inequalities to solve real world budgeting problems involving two variables. |
Efficient Storage | The topic of this MEA is work and power. Students will be assigned the task of hiring workers to complete a given task. In order to make a decision as to which workers to hire, the students initially must calculate the required work. The power each worker can exert, the days each worker is available to work each week, the number of sick days each worker has taken over the past 12 months, and the salary each worker commands will then be provided. Full- and/or part-time positions are available. Through data analysis, the students will need to evaluate which factors are most significant in the hiring process. For instance, some groups may select the most efficient workers; other groups may select the group of workers that will cost the company the least amount of money; still other groups may choose the workers that can complete the job in the shortest amount of time. Each group will also be required to provide the rationale that justifies the selection of which workers to hire. |
Exploring Systems with Piggies, Pizzas and Phones | This lesson is intended to help students develop an understanding of how to solve realistic problems using two linear equations and in the process strengthen and support the skills involved in translating situations into algebraic expressions. The lesson includes printable materials for students to use during the lesson. |
Feasible or Non-Feasible? - That is the Question (Graphing Systems of Linear Inequalities) | In this lesson, students learn how to use the graph of a system of linear inequalities to determine the feasible region. Students practice solving word problems to find the optimal solution that maximizes profits. Students will use the free application, GeoGebra (see download link under Suggested Technology) to help them create different graphs and to determine the feasible or non-feasible solutions. |
Preserving Our Marine Ecosystems | The focus of this MEA is oil spills and their effect on the environment. In this activity, students from a fictitious class are studying about the effects of an oil spill on marine ecosystems and have performed an experiment in which they were asked to try to rid a teaspoon of corn oil from a baking pan filled with two liters of water as thoroughly as possible in a limited timeframe and with limited resources. By examining, analyzing, and evaluating experimental data related to resource usage, disposal, and labor costs, students must face the tradeoffs that are involved in trying to preserve an ecosystem when time, money, and resources are limited. |
Solving Linear Equations in Two Variables | This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students are
able to formulate and solve problems using algebra and, in particular,
to identify and help students who have the following difficulties solving a problem using two linear equations with two variables and interpreting the meaning of algebraic expressions. |