As a high school or undergraduate Mathematics teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to help you in teaching topics such as Differentiation, Derivatives of Polynomials, and Tangent Line Problems in Introductory Calculus.
This lesson plan allows students to perform polynomial differentiation and solve tangent line problems using climate data such as atmospheric CO2 concentrations data since 1950.
Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Mathematics.
Use this lesson plan to help your students find answers to:
1. Plot a graph and find the polynomial equation to model the average yearly atmospheric CO2 levels from 1950 to 2017 (using data records provided).
2. Compare and analyze the rate of change of atmospheric CO2 levels by applying Polynomial Differentiation.
3. Based on observed trends, what will the atmospheric CO2 level be in 2100?
About Lesson Plan
|Grade Level||High School, Undergraduate|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||• Introductory Calculus
• Derivatives of Polynomials
• Tangent Line Problem
|Climate Topic||Climate and the Atmosphere, The Greenhouse Effect|
|Access||Online , Offline|
|Approximate Time Required||120-130 min|
|Reading (30 – 45 min)||A reading that introduces the topics of differentiation
and derivatives of polynomials. The resource also includes exercises.
|Micro-lecture (video) (~10 min)||A micro-lecture (video) that explains polynomial differentiation
with examples and practice questions.
It also includes a tutorial on tangents of polynomials.
|Classroom/ Laboratory activity (~60 min)||A classroom/laboratory activity to learn and apply polynomial differentiation and solve tangent line problems for global average CO2 data from 1950 to 2017.
Here is a step-by-step guide to using this lesson plan in the classroom/laboratory. We have suggested these steps as a possible plan of action. You may customize the lesson plan according to your preferences and requirements.
|1.Introduce the topic through a reading and exercises||
|2. Play a micro-lecture (video)||
|3. Conduct a classroom/ laboratory activity||