id: 06219762
dt: j
an: 2013f.00798
au: Spence, Thomas; Calzada, Maria
ti: How many calories: an applied project.
so: Math. Comput. Educ. 46, No. 2, 98-106 (2012).
py: 2012
pu: MATYC Journal, Old Bethpage, NY
la: EN
cc: M65 U75 R25 K45 N55 K85
ut: modeling; interdisciplinary instruction; approximation; least squares;
MATLAB
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ab: From the introduction: We present an interdisciplinary project suitable for
assignment in an introductory computer programming or scientific
computing class. Students are asked to analyze temperature data from a
calorimetric experiment to determine the caloric content of a bag of
potato chips. Numerically it involves simple least squares linear
fitting and integration. Computationally it requires data input and
output, graphing, while loops, and if statements. The idea is to
integrale techniques that students often learn independently into an
applied project that has immediate meaning to the students. In using
these mathematical and computational techniques to find the solution to
a chemistry question the student can see interconnections in these
disciplines and learns to value learning as applicable in the world.
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