
06219762
j
2013f.00798
Spence, Thomas
Calzada, Maria
How many calories: an applied project.
Math. Comput. Educ. 46, No. 2, 98106 (2012).
2012
MATYC Journal, Old Bethpage, NY
EN
M65
U75
R25
K45
N55
K85
modeling
interdisciplinary instruction
approximation
least squares
MATLAB
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.