In this lab, you can explore how radioactive radiation changes as a function of distance. This curriculum sets the Radioactivity iLab in the context of mathematics curriculum, asking you to consider:
How do mathematical patterns describe and predict scientific data?
Activity 1a: Modeling a function from a real-world phenomenon
Activity 2a: Reviewing of independent and dependent variables and function relationships
Activity 2b: Review of families of functions concepts
Activity 4a: Review of the "Rule of 4"
Activity 4b: "Best-fit" functions: Understanding R2
Activity 4c: Understanding the role of exposure time and domain values on the iLab data
Activity 4d: Function transformations, and what makes them happen
Activity 5a: Another example of inverse square - surface area and diameter of a balloon
Activity 5b: Brainstorming activity - What other phenomenon should follow the inverse square law and why?
Mathematics & Environmental Science Teacher
Wells Community Academy High School
Chicago Public Schools
with the support of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern University