
06664333
j
2016f.01328
Galluzzo, Benjamin J.
McGivneyBurelle, Jean
Wagstrom, Rikki B.
What is my carbon footprint?
Math. Teach. (Reston) 109, No. 7, 526532 (2016).
2016
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
M50
M60
algebra
mathematical models
mathematics skills
http://www.nctm.org/Publications/MathematicsTeacher/2016/Vol109/Issue7/WhatIsMyCarbonFootprint_/
Summary: Human beings are having a profound impact on the environment. The opportunity to investigate this timely issue during one or two class periods gives algebra and precalculus students insight into a sustainability topic of great international concern  carbon footprints. Students use mathematical thinking in matters that are pertinent to their everyday lives. Further, they use key quantitative reasoning and mathematical modeling skills: interpreting units, computing with large values, using assumptions to derive an appropriate mathematical model (in this case, a linear model), using models to make predictions, and understanding when a model is appropriate for making predictions  practices aligned with Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and the Common Core Standards. This article presents a classroomtested activity that uses authentic, dietrelated data to focus on sustainability. (ERIC)