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World Petroleum Consumption

Classroom/Laboratory Activity

A classroom/ laboratory activity titled, ‘World Petroleum Consumption’ from Sustainability Math by Thomas J. Pfaff, Ithaca College, USA, to teach integration using a hands-on computer-based classroom activity that includes world petroleum consumption data from 1980 to 2016.

This data is provided in an Excel spreadsheet. The classroom activity also includes a Word document that contains directions on how to use different mathematical methods on the data provided.

Students will learn how to apply their understanding of the relationship between a function and its integral and to set up and solve equations with an integral to describe the trend of world petroleum consumption over time. Additionally, they will also be able to answer how this global petroleum consumption is responsible for carbon emissions that have contributed towards post-industrial age global warming.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the relationship between a function and its integral?
  2. How has the world’s petroleum consumption changed since 1980?
About Tool
Tool Name World Petroleum Consumption
Discipline Mathematics and Statistics 
Topic(s) in Discipline Calculus, Integration, Integral Function, Functions
Climate Topic Climate Mitigation and Adaptation 
Type of tool Classroom/Laboratory Activity
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Thomas J. Pfaff
Hosted at Sustainability Math
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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