Morse High School Magnet Program

 Mathematics Lessons
in support of the Science Career Path



Magnet Math || Math Lesson Resources || Internet Enrichment



The Science Career Path comprises five areas:


Physiology
Environmental
Science
Marine
Science
Biotechnology
All Science
Fields
Internet lessons, projects, and activities that can be used to relate mathematics to these Science career path areas:
Circles of Light: The Mathematics of Rainbows - based on a module developed by Steven Janke

How are rainbows formed? Why do they only occur when the sun is behind the observer? If the sun is low on the horizon, at what angle in the sky should we expect to see a rainbow? This lab helps to answer these and other questions by examining a mathematical model of light passing through a water droplet.

Science Area: Physical Science
California Mathematics Standard: Problem Solving and Mathematical Reasoning - Grades 9/10 and Problem Solving and Mathematical Reasoning - Grades 11/12
Numerical Integration: Accumulating Rates of Change - The Geometry Center Calculus Development Team

In this lab students learn to model functions that produce experimental data. By integrating the model, they approximate the (true) integral of the underlying (unknown) function. First, they integrate pre-collected data concerning the rate at which carbon-dioide is produced in an aquatic environment. Then they create, collect, and analyze data concerning the relationship between velocity and position.

Science Area: Physics
California Mathematics Standard: Statistics, Data Analysis and Probability - Grades 9/10 and Statistics, Data Analysis and Probability - Grades 11/12
Modeling Population Growth - The Geometry Center Calculus Development Team

The growth of a population depends on many factors, and often depends on the way that one population interacts with other populations. For example, a sophisticated model may include predator-prey interaction, parasitic interactions, mutualistic interactions, and more. In this module, however, we will focus on simpler models of a population.

Science Area: Environmental Science, Biology
California Mathematics Standard: Statistics, Data Analysis and Probability - Grades 9/10 and Problem Solving and Mathematical Reasoning - Grades 9/10
K-12 Science Lesson Plans - designed by K-12 teachers of science in the school districts near UC Irvine

Some of these lesson plans are traditional in approach and some are quite innovative in the methods adopted for incorporating the resources into their classrooms. Each lesson plan has the same general format with one or more links to WWW resources that are to be incorporated into the activities as suggested. We will continue to support their efforts by publishing these lesson plans for access by all teachers worldwide and by updating the links as needed.

Science Area: All Science Fields
California Mathematics Standard: Algebra and Functions - Grades 9/10 and Statistics, Data Analysis and Probability - Grades 9/10 and Problem Solving and Mathematical Reasoning - Grades 9/10
Anatomy and Physiology - Steve Roderick

The lesson is devoted to the study of human anatomy and physiology. Students embark upon a tour of the internet. They go to places that will expand their thinking and hopefully entice them to ponder questions that are both expansive and profound.

Science Area: Physiology
California Mathematics Standard: Problem Solving and Mathematical Reasoning - Grades 9/10



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