Smoking Aboard U.S. Navy Submarines (2015)
This lesson spans the high school statistics and probability standards of the Common Core State Standards (Algebra 2 and fourth year course) and the curriculum for AP Statistics. Students will be able to use and apply the concepts of random sampling, designed experiments, observational studies and statistical inference.
Students will learn about the recent history of smoking on U.S.Navy submarines and how the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory conducted a study to eliminate the risk of second hand smoke.
Global Positioning System-Triangulation (2015)
This lesson demonstrates how the mathematics learned in middle school and later investigated in greater depth in geometry, can be applied to understand how the Global Positioning System (GPS) works. A straightforward assessment allows students to manually determine a GPS-like position, with simulated satellite data.
Submarine Atmosphere Monitoring (2015)
This lesson spans the high school statistics and probability standards of the Common Core State Standards (Algebra 2 and fourth year course). Students will conduct a detailed statistical analysis of atmosphere readings from a U.S. Navy submarine. The overall lesson covers much material. It is designed in such a manner to be broken into many different lessons or used as one final assessment of statistics learning.
Students will also learn how a safe atmosphere is provided for the submarine’s crew.
Torpedo Dimension Investigation (2015)
Using submarine torpedoes on display at the Submarine Force Museum, students learn the similarities and differences between common torpedo characteristics. Next, student teams take actual measurements of the torpedoes in the display areas. Connecting the data with geometry facts about triangles, circles, spheres, cylinders, right triangles, pyramids, and cones, student teams calculate radius, overall length, total volume, and surface area of each torpedo. Students then compare results, make graphs to compare characteristics (speed, range, capability) and evaluate torpedo performance.