Mathematics and Statistics

Integrate climate science in your teaching and use these educational resources to teach topics in Mathematics such as: 

Calculus, Integration, Differentiation, Trigonometry, Sine and Cosine Functions, Polynomial Differentiation, Tangent Line Problems, Area Under A Curve, Riemann Sums, Numerical Modeling, Mathematical Modeling, Computer Programming and more.

In Statistics, the topics covered are as:

Trend Analysis, Linear Regression, Quadratic Regression, Time Series, Uncertainty, Correlation Coefficients, Confidence Intervals, Errors, Students t distribution and more.

Teaching Module: Analyzing Climate Science Data through Simple Statistical Techniques
A teaching module that demonstrates the use of linear and quadratic regression to analyze Arctic sea ice extent data and the use of graphs, sample correlations, and multiple regression to analyze atmospheric CO2 level data,
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Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Modeling Temperature Data by using Trigonometric Functions
A classroom/laboratory activity to model temperature data by using trigonometric functions. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Teaching “Climate Change and Food… Lesson Plan: Civilizations and Climate… Lesson Plan: Teaching the pH Scale,
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Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Using Introductory Calculus (Integration) to Analyze CO2 Emission Data
A classroom/laboratory activity to analyze CO2 emissions data by using Riemann sums for the calculation of area under the curve. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Ecosystems and Food Webs Lesson Plan: Black
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Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Using Polynomial Differentiation to Analyze Global Atmospheric CO2
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn and apply polynomial differentiation and to solve tangent line problems for global average CO2 data. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Aerosols and Climate Lesson Plan: Black Carbon
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Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Modeling the Effect of Changes in Radiation on Planetary Temperature
A classroom/laboratory activity to model how changes in the radiation entering or leaving the Earth affect the temperature of the planet. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Teaching Biodiversity through… Lesson Plan: Black
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Reading (Teaching Manual): Algebra and Climate
A teaching manual for instructors that integrates sustainability themes with mathematics topics for courses or projects in algebra, pre-calculus, or math for liberal arts. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Photosynthetic Pathways and…
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Laboratory Activity: Modeling the Earth’s Zonal Energy Balance
A laboratory activity to create an energy balance model for planet Earth and obtain numerical solutions for the differential equations in the model. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Climate Refugees and Environmental
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E-learning Course: Build Climate Models using Python
An e-learning course to create climate models in Python through hands-on programming exercises. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Photosynthetic Pathways and… Lesson Plan: Poverty and Climate: An Inextricable Link Lesson Plan: Climate
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Model/Simulator: Daisyworld—A Model to Explore the Gaia Hypothesis
A model/simulator to explore the Gaia hypothesis and the concepts of albedo and hysteresis through the example of daisies (living organisms) and their interaction with temperature (climatic factor). You may also be interested in Lesson
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Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Statistical Methods to Determine Trends in Hurricane Intensity
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about linear slope, trends, confidence intervals, and Student’s t-distribution by calculating trends and uncertainties using hurricane data records over 40 years. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Teaching
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Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Statistical Methods to Determine Historical Temperature Trends
A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about statistical methods to analyze average annual temperatures of major cities in the world (New York and Sydney) and to determine trends in the data. You may also be interested
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Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Meteorologist for a day
A classroom/laboratory activity to calculate the mean daily temperature using hourly temperature data and to compare different statistical techniques for determining this value. You may also be interested in Lesson Plan: Teaching the pH Scale,
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