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   View Standards     Standard(s): [MA2019] AL1-19 (9-12) 24 :
24. Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and those that can be modeled with exponential functions.

a. Show that linear functions grow by equal differences over equal intervals, while exponential functions grow by equal factors over equal intervals.

b. Define linear functions to represent situations in which one quantity changes at a constant rate per unit interval relative to another.

c. Define exponential functions to represent situations in which a quantity grows or decays by a constant percent rate per unit interval relative to another.
Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: The Spread of a Virus: Are All Viruses Virulent?
Description:

In this activity, students will watch a short video clip that displays how quickly past viruses have spread and how deadly they are. This will activate students' prior knowledge about rates of growth and provide the context for the simulation activity they will engage in during the next activity.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [MA2015] AL1 (9-12) 45 :
45 ) Represent data on two quantitative variables on a scatter plot, and describe how the variables are related. [S-ID6]

a. Fit a function to the data; use functions fitted to data to solve problems in the context of the data. Use given functions or choose a function suggested by the context. Emphasize linear, quadratic, and exponential models. [S-ID6a]

b. Informally assess the fit of a function by plotting and analyzing residuals. [S-ID6b]

c. Fit a linear function for a scatter plot that suggests a linear association. [S-ID6c]

[MA2019] AL1-19 (9-12) 27 :
27. Interpret the parameters of functions in terms of a context. Extend from linear functions, written in the form mx + b, to exponential functions, written in the form abx.

Example: If the function V(t) = 19885(0.75)t describes the value of a car after it has been owned for t years, 1985 represents the purchase price of the car when t = 0, and 0.75 represents the annual rate at which its value decreases.
[MA2019] AL1-19 (9-12) 25 :
25. Construct linear and exponential functions, including arithmetic and geometric sequences, given a graph, a description of a relationship, or two input-output pairs (include reading these from a table).
[MA2019] AL1-19 (9-12) 24 :
24. Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and those that can be modeled with exponential functions.

a. Show that linear functions grow by equal differences over equal intervals, while exponential functions grow by equal factors over equal intervals.

b. Define linear functions to represent situations in which one quantity changes at a constant rate per unit interval relative to another.

c. Define exponential functions to represent situations in which a quantity grows or decays by a constant percent rate per unit interval relative to another.
Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: The Spread of a Virus: Does Social Distancing Matter?
Description:

This exploration provides students the opportunity to actively engage in creating their own knowledge about exponential models. They are given the support to conduct their own simulation and record the information, make predictions using the data that they have collected, and compare their predictions to the technology generated models. Additionally, the technology element is necessary to make sense of the data in a more efficient manner as compared to hand calculations of procedures. The emphasis is to produce a deep conceptual understanding of rates of change of exponential functions in multiple representations and use that information to build up procedural fluency.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [MA2019] AL1-19 (9-12) 27 :
27. Interpret the parameters of functions in terms of a context. Extend from linear functions, written in the form mx + b, to exponential functions, written in the form abx.

Example: If the function V(t) = 19885(0.75)t describes the value of a car after it has been owned for t years, 1985 represents the purchase price of the car when t = 0, and 0.75 represents the annual rate at which its value decreases.
[MA2019] AL1-19 (9-12) 24 :
24. Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and those that can be modeled with exponential functions.

a. Show that linear functions grow by equal differences over equal intervals, while exponential functions grow by equal factors over equal intervals.

b. Define linear functions to represent situations in which one quantity changes at a constant rate per unit interval relative to another.

c. Define exponential functions to represent situations in which a quantity grows or decays by a constant percent rate per unit interval relative to another.
Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: The Spread of a Virus: Which Virus Is More Virulent?
Description:

This activity allows teachers to formatively assess students' understanding of multiplicative rates of change from different representations. The activity presents four different viruses of different spread rates, and students are to determine which virus is the most virulent and justify their responses.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.




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ALEX Classroom Resources  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [MA2015] AL1 (9-12) 32 :
32 ) Write a function defined by an expression in different but equivalent forms to reveal and explain different properties of the function. [F-IF8]

a. Use the process of factoring and completing the square in a quadratic function to show zeros, extreme values, and symmetry of the graph, and interpret these in terms of a context. [F-IF8a]

b. Use the properties of exponents to interpret expressions for exponential functions. [F-IF8b]

Example: Identify percent rate of change in functions such as y = (1.02)t, y = (0.97)t, y = (1.01)12t, and y = (1.2)t/10, and classify them as representing exponential growth and decay.

[MA2015] ALT (9-12) 13 :
13 ) Use the structure of an expression to identify ways to rewrite it. [A-SSE2]

Example: See x4 - y4 as (x2)2 - (y2)2, thus recognizing it as a difference of squares that can be factored as (x2 - y2)(x2 + y2).

[MA2019] REG-8 (8) 3 :
3. Develop and apply properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical and algebraic expressions.
[MA2019] AL1-19 (9-12) 5 :
5. Use the structure of an expression to identify ways to rewrite it.

Example: See x4 - y4 as (x2)2 - (y2)2, thus recognizing it as a difference of squares that can be factored as (x2 - y2)(x2 + y2).
[MA2019] AL1-19 (9-12) 24 :
24. Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and those that can be modeled with exponential functions.

a. Show that linear functions grow by equal differences over equal intervals, while exponential functions grow by equal factors over equal intervals.

b. Define linear functions to represent situations in which one quantity changes at a constant rate per unit interval relative to another.

c. Define exponential functions to represent situations in which a quantity grows or decays by a constant percent rate per unit interval relative to another.
[MA2019] AL1-19 (9-12) 25 :
25. Construct linear and exponential functions, including arithmetic and geometric sequences, given a graph, a description of a relationship, or two input-output pairs (include reading these from a table).
Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12), Mathematics (8 - 12)
Title: Equivalent Expressions Using Exponents
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/mgbh-math-ee-8exp/equivalent-expressions-using-exponents/
Description:

Students will apply their critical thinking skills to learn about multiplication and division of exponents. This interactive exercise focuses on positive and negative exponents and combining exponents in an effort to help students recognize patterns and determine a rule.

This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School collection.



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