Mathematical Modeling in Scienceby: Robert M. Horton and William H. Leonard

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Creating mathematical models using spreadsheets can help high school students learn at deep levels in both science and mathematics, and give teachers an excellent opportunity to integrate these two disciplines. The project described in this article involves a melding of mathematical and scientific processes. The two scientific concepts explored involve physics, specifically Hooke's law and Newton's laws of heating and cooling, though the modeling described can be used in many places in the science curriculum.

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  • on Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:45 PM

In this article, the author outlines an excellent idea of using math and spreadsheets to record and evaluate science data. I really like the way this article highlights the relevancy math to science. It is important to give our students authentic experiences to explore the connections between math and science. This article outlines an excellent opportunity to do just that. I'd highly recommend this article to anyone looking to create lessons that incorporate math and science.

Maureen Stover  (Fayetteville, NC)
Maureen Stover (Fayetteville, NC)

  • on Mon May 02, 2011 3:35 PM

This article is a practical guide to using math and spreadsheets in a science classroom. The article provides outstanding examples of how spreadsheets can be used in several different activities in a biology classroom. I really like how this article pulls together science, math, and technology to help students not only master the content, but also the process, of problem solving.

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

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