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Freshman that are not enrolled in Physical Science are required to do the following lesson as an alternate to the field trip for Mrs. Boone's Algebra I class.

Students will access the Internet to search for housing prices in Houston, Texas,(the location can be changed to accommodate any location) and compare the prices to the number of square feet found in the living area of a house. A linear equation will be derived from this data on a coordinate plane using the "best- fit" method. Using information from the graph of the data and the equations of the function, students will answer questions about housing prices.

Students will create their own pizza using choices of toppings. They will be able to "order" their creation from the Internet and see their creation. They will use their order to calculate the area of various size pizzas, determine the "better buy", cost per topping. Students will also have to use research skills to answer questions pertaining to the Pizza Home Page.

Students will review the census site on the Internet and gather data regarding trends in population. They will study this data and make predictions on future populations and compare their results with the information available on the Internet.

Students will find the mean and median speed for the Indianapolis 500. Rates per lap will be calculated as well as the length of each lap. Students will need to research information via the Internet.

Students will calculate the time needed to travel a certain distance given the rate of speed. This is an ongoing project. Their data will be collected using "real-time" traffic maps of the greater Houston area. Over a period of one week, one month, and one school year, traffic patterns will be studied at various times of the day. At the completion of this study students will write a report and send their results via email to the Greater Houston Transportation and Emergency Management Center.Students also have an opportunity to volunteer to collect travel data on major Houston freeways.

Check out The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) for other math and science lessons. The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education (ENC) is funded through a contract with the U. S. Department of Education to provide K-12 teachers with a central source of information on mathematics and science curriculum materials. ENC was established in 1992 at The Ohio State University and is located in Columbus, Ohio. The purpose of the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse is to encourage the adoption and use of K-12 curriculum materials and programs which support state and national efforts to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science. It provides better access to resources by creating, maintaining, and cataloging a comprehensive, multi-media collection of materials and programs. The ENC catalog and other products are distributed nationally using both traditional formats and advanced computing and telecommunications technologies.

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