This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?

Welcome to Scribd! Start your free trial and access books, documents and more.Find out more

Type "Zoologist" into Wolfram|Alpha search engine. Use the results to answer the following questions.

1. What careers are grouped with zoologist?

2. How current was this data gathered?

3. What is the current median wage per year?

4. What is the current mean wage per year?

5. Wolfram|Alpha uses the median wage per year to track the wage history. Why do you think the median wage

was used rather than the mean wage?

6. What is the yearly change in median wage?

7. Let x represent the number of years after 2009. Assuming that the yearly change of median wage is constant.

What equation can be used to find the wage of a zoologist?

8. Use the equation formed in #7 to determine the median wage of a zoologist in 2015.

9. In what year will the median wage of a zoologist surpass $95,000?

10. Select the "Show employment history" link under the "Median Wage history" section. Can you make any

conclusions concerning the future of a career as a zoologist?

Suggestions: Select another career and research it using Wolfram|Alpha. Does it appear that the median wage is

increasing at a constant rate? Try to determine an approximate equation for the relationship between years after the

current year and median wage. What does the employment history show? Can you use an equation to show the

relationship between number of persons employed in that career and time after the current year?

Equations and Inequalities

9

College Algebra Activities Using WA

The entire set of activities is available by contacting your Pearson representative.

GLOBAL WARMING

Search Wolfram|Alpha for "weather."

1. Today's Date:

Location:

**2. Fill in the following information from the table found under "Historical
**

Temperatures for Today's Date." Try to get at least 10 years of data. You

may have to change the location to a larger town. Give a scatter plot of the

data below.

Year

x

Maximum

Temperature (°°F)

y

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

**3. Find the linear fit of the line to the data. Type "fit" and enter
**

coordinates for the points given in the table: y =

2008

2009

**4. Give the slope of the equation:
**

5. What does the slope indicate in terms of year and maximum temperature?

6. Does your result indicate that there may be a global warming problem? Briefly explain your answer.

7. Select another date for the same city. Gather the same type of historical data and find the linear fit of the

line to the data. Linear Equation: y =

Maximum

Year

x

Temperature (°°F)

y

1999

**8. Are your results (for #4 and
**

#7) similar? Give a short

explanation on the

similarities and differences

of the equations.

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

**Suggestions: Expand this project so that you collect data over the entire 2009
**

century. Try average temperatures or minimum temperatures instead of using

maximum temperatures. Choose locations in other parts of the world to see if there is possible global warming.

Functions and Graphs

15

College Algebra Activities Using WA

The entire set of activities is available by contacting your Pearson representative.

**CAREER EXPLORATION − ZOOLOGIST
**

Type "Zoologist" into Wolfram|Alpha search engine. Use the results to answer the following questions.

1. What careers are grouped with zoologist?

2. How current was this data gathered?

Wildlife Biologist

2009

3. What is the current median wage per year? $55,100

4. What is the current mean wage per year?

$58,480

5. Wolfram|Alpha uses the median wage per year to track the wage history. Why do you think the median wage

was used rather than the mean wage? The median wage is less prone to be affected by the high wages paid to

supervisors.

6. What is the yearly change in median wage? $1800

7. Let x represent the number of years after 2009. Assuming that the yearly change of median wage is constant.

What equation can be used to find the wage of a zoologist? y = 55,100 +1800x

8. Use the equation formed in #7 to determine the median wage of a zoologist in 2015. $65,900

9. In what year will the median wage of a zoologist surpass $95,000? 2032

10. Select the "Show employment history" link under the "Median Wage history" section. Can you make any

conclusions concerning the future of a career as a zoologist? Answers vary. From 2001 − 2003, the number of

zoologist was constant. From 2002 to 2006, the number grew at a relatively constant rate. The number of jobs

fell slightly in 2007.

Suggestions: Select another career and research it using Wolfram|Alpha. Does it appear that the median wage is

increasing at a constant rate? Try to determine an approximate equation for the relationship between years after the

current year and median wage. What does the employment history show? Can you use an equation to show the

relationship between number of persons employed in that career and time after the current year?

Equations and Inequalities

51

College Algebra Activities Using WA

The entire set of activities is available by contacting your Pearson representative.

GLOBAL WARMING

Search Wolfram|Alpha for "weather."

1. Today's Date:

Answers will vary depending on location.

6/24/2009

Location:

Baytown, TX

**2. Fill in the following information from the table found under "Historical
**

Temperatures for Today's Date." Try to get at least 10 years of data. You

may have to change the location to a larger town. Give a scatter plot of the

data below.

3. Find the linear fit of the line

to the data. Type "fit" and

enter coordinates for the

points given in the table: y =

0.436x + 89.71

**4. Give the slope of the
**

equation: 0.436

5. What does the slope indicate

in terms of year and

maximum temperature? A slope of 0.436 indicates that the temperature is

1999

0

Maximum

Temperature (°°F)

y

89.6

2000

1

95

2001

2

89.6

2002

3

89.6

2003

4

91.4

2004

5

82.4

2005

6

100.4

2006

7

93.2

2007

8

91.4

2008

9

86

2009

10

102

Year

x

increasing by 0.436 degrees each year.

6. Does your result indicate that there may be a global warming problem? Briefly explain your answer. Since the

slope is positive, a case may be made that the temperature is increasing. Since we are looking at a 10−year time period, and only

one location, the case may be made that there is not enough research to make an informed

decision.

**7. Select another date for the same city. Gather the same type of historical
**

data and find the linear fit

of the line to the data.

Linear Equation: y =

1.07x+77.6; Houston, TX; Oct. 18

**8. Are your results (for #4 and
**

#7) similar? Give a short

explanation on the

similarities and

differences of the equations. The slope is even steeper. Both show an increase in

temperature.

1999

0

Maximum

Temperature (°°F)

y

71.6

2000

1

80.6

2001

2

75.2

2002

3

82.4

2003

4

80.6

2004

5

91.4

2005

6

87.8

2006

7

89.6

2007

8

91.4

2008

9

80.6

Year

x

**Suggestions: Expand this project so that you collect data over the entire
**

2009 10

century. Try average temperatures or minimum temperatures instead of using

maximum temperatures. Choose locations in other parts of the world to see if there is possible global warming.

Functions and Graphs

57

College Algebra Activities Using WA

The entire set of activities is available by contacting your Pearson representative.

**College Algebra Activities
**

Using the WolframAlphaTM

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

5

1. EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES

6

**PERSONAL INCOME AND PERSONAL SAVINGS .................................................................................7
**

LIFE EXPECTANCY AND LITERACY RATES ........................................................................................8

CAREER EXPLORATION − ZOOLOGIST ............................................................................................9

USING LIGHT TO MEASURE ASTRONOMICAL DISTANCES .................................................................. 10

2. FUNCTIONS AND GRAPHS

12

**BLOOD ALCOHOL PERCENTAGE ................................................................................................. 13
**

BASEBALL PITCHING ............................................................................................................... 14

GLOBAL WARMING ............................................................................................................... 15

SATELLITE TRACKING .............................................................................................................. 16

3. POLYNOMIAL AND RATIONAL FUNCTIONS

18

**LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A U.S. MALE ............................................................................................. 19
**

U.S. CONSUMER SPENDING ..................................................................................................... 20

COLD DECEMBER TEMPERATURES ............................................................................................. 21

BODY MASS INDEX ................................................................................................................ 22

The entire set of activities is available by contacting your Pearson representative.

4. EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS

24

STOCK PRICES ...................................................................................................................... 25

NATIONAL DEBT ................................................................................................................... 26

WORLD POPULATION ............................................................................................................. 27

RETIREMENT CALCULATOR ...................................................................................................... 28

5. SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES

30

NUTRITIOUS SNACKS .............................................................................................................. 31

COMPARING PAY .................................................................................................................. 32

COMPUTER GRAPHICS ............................................................................................................ 33

USING MATRICES TO FIND A POLYNOMIAL FUNCTION OF BEST FIT .................................................... 34

6. ANALYTIC GEOMETRY

36

HURRICANE TRACKING ........................................................................................................... 37

LORAN .............................................................................................................................. 38

EARTHQUAKES ..................................................................................................................... 39

MOUNTAIN TUNNEL .............................................................................................................. 40

7. SEQUENCES, SERIES, AND PROBABILITY

42

KOCH SNOWFLAKE ................................................................................................................ 43

PAYING OFF A CREDIT CARD .................................................................................................... 44

THE GREAT PYRAMID ............................................................................................................. 45

GOLDEN RATIO ..................................................................................................................... 46

The entire set of activities is available by contacting your Pearson representative.

- Including a “Quizzing” Feature in MyMathLab® Homework
- no help ppt
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Sequences and Series - Intermediate Algebra Activity 10
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Radical Functions - Intermediate Algebra Activity 9
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Rational Functions - Intermediate Algebra Activity 8
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Logarithmic Functions - Intermediate Algebra Activity 7
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Quadratic Functions - Intermediate Algebra Activity 5
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Exponential Functions - Intermediate Algebra Activity 6
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Polynomial Functions - Intermediate Algebra Activity 4
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Linear Functions - Intermediate Algebra Activity 2
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities - Intermediate Algebra Activity 3
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Real Numbers - Intermediate Algebra Activity 1
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Intermediate Algebra Activities -- Solutions

Here are two activities (with answers) and the full Table of Contents from the set of College Algebra Activities Using the Wolfram|Alpha, written by Dr. Susan Fife and provided by Pearson.
If you...

Here are two activities (with answers) and the full Table of Contents from the set of College Algebra Activities Using the Wolfram|Alpha, written by Dr. Susan Fife and provided by Pearson.

If you have suggestions for improvements or additional activities, feel free to comment.

The complete set of activities is available by contacting your Pearson representative; find yours at http://www.pearsonhighered.com/.

If you have suggestions for improvements or additional activities, feel free to comment.

The complete set of activities is available by contacting your Pearson representative; find yours at http://www.pearsonhighered.com/.

- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Logarithmic Functions - Intermediate Algebra Activity 7
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Polynomial Functions - Intermediate Algebra Activity 4
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Sequences and Series - Intermediate Algebra Activity 10
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Exponential Functions - Intermediate Algebra Activity 6
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Intermediate Algebra Activities -- Solutions
- Wolfram|Alpha Activity - Topic, Linear Functions - Intermediate Algebra Activity 2
- Department of Labor
- ijnmf_srinivasan_2011
- ex21
- Department of Labor
- XAT Algebra - Home Assingnemnt
- Federal Register-02-28207
- 1742-6596_214_1_012036_mareze
- Sc Times Article
- 2-First Order Differential Equations
- MathChallenge2013IndividualFinals2ndYearCatA-AnswerKey (1)
- Control modelling
- 159-164م ئاري
- One pakistan.pdf
- The Hindu - 10 Oct 2010 - Many Govt. Employees Found Absent in Surprise Check
- Alexa Brenneman v. Cincinnati Bengals, Class Action Complaint and Jury Demand, Filed 2/11/14
- 05.2 Power Series
- Appendix_thomas
- Explicit and Implicit
- LAE_GS
- 10 Tips for Solving Problem Solving Questions
- Article 280
- chap12
- Session 15,16,17- Managing Compensation
- All Exercises

Are you sure?

This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?

We've moved you to where you read on your other device.

Get the full title to continue

Get the full title to continue reading from where you left off, or restart the preview.

scribd