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Teaching Polynomial Differentiation using Global Average Temperature Data


As a high school or undergraduate Mathematics teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to help you in teaching introductory differential calculus and specifically polynomial differentiation.

This lesson plan will allow you to teach introductory derivatives and differentiation. The lesson plan includes a hands-on computer-based classroom activity to be conducted on a dataset of global annual mean surface air temperatures from 1880 to 2018. This activity includes a set of inquiry-based questions that will enable your students to apply their understanding of function composition and polynomial differentiation and to solve tangent line problems.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a ore topic in Mathematics.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Learn about derivatives and differentiation
  2. Understand function composition and tangent line problems
  3. Apply polynomial differentiation to predict changes in global average temperatures from a given dataset.


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