In May, 2008 Virginia Beach City Public Schools approved the Modeling and Simulation (MODSIM) Demonstration School Project at Ocean Lakes High School. The purpose of this project is to use MODSIM as an instructional strategy within math and science instruction and to demonstrate ways to integrate math and science instruction through the use of MODSIM. This project was undertaken based on the recommendation of the Hampton Roads Modeling and Simulation Initiative. Below are some lessons that have been developed as part of the Demonstration School project. If you have lessons incorporating modeling and simulation that you would like to share, please post them here. The lessons featured in the video on the home page are: Curve Fitting
In this lesson, students use an Excelet to explore the concept of curve fitting and r values. They also use a graphing calculator to analyze a set of data about alligators and make predictions based on the model generated by the data.

- Additional curve fitting problems Atomic Structure
This lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmo "Element Builder" to investigate the structure of the atom. Student handouts are designed to be able to use the Element Builder Gizmo as a part of a differentiated lesson.

In this lesson, students use an Excelet to explore the concept of curve fitting and r values. They also use a graphing calculator to analyze a set of data about alligators and make predictions based on the model generated by the data.

Student directions and questions to accompany the Gizmo.

Polynomials and Maximum Volume

In this lesson students are asked to build a box with the largest possible volume from an 8x14 sheet of paper. The are then directed to a calculus applet that allows them to build multiple boxes to solve the same problem. A link to the applet is in the student handout.

Extension activity for the Radical Functions Gizmo.

Sequences

In this lesson, students use Interactive Physics to model a bouncing ball. They then export the data to a spreadsheet and analyze the data to determine the type of sequence a bouncing ball follows.

In this lesson, students use a motion detector to collect data and generate equations for sinusoidal motion. Although the directions are written for a TI CBR, the lesson can be done using any motion detector.

Student directions and questions for Sinusoidal Modeling activity

Slope/Intercept

In this lesson, students use a motion detector to collect and analyze motion, direction, and speed data to gain an understanding of slope (velocity) and vertical intercept. Although the directions are written for a TI CBR, the lesson can be done using any motion detecor.

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Curve FittingIn this lesson, students use an Excelet to explore the concept of curve fitting and r values. They also use a graphing calculator to analyze a set of data about alligators and make predictions based on the model generated by the data.

Atomic StructureThis lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmo "Element Builder" to investigate the structure of the atom. Student handouts are designed to be able to use the Element Builder Gizmo as a part of a differentiated lesson.

This lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmo "The Absolute Value of a Quadratic" to investigate transformations.Absoulte Value of a Quadratic

In this lesson, students use an Excelet to explore the concept of curve fitting and r values. They also use a graphing calculator to analyze a set of data about alligators and make predictions based on the model generated by the data.Curve Fitting

In this lesson, students use a graphing calculator and candy to model exponential decay.Exponential Decay

This Algebra II/Trig lesson uses a Texas Instruments CBR to collect data on a bouncing ball. The data demonstrates the graph of a geometric sequence.Geometric Sequence

In this lesson, students use an Excelet to learn about linear regression and line of best fit by measuring stacks of Oreo® cookies.Line of Best Fit

This lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmo "4th Degree Polynomials - Activity A" to compare the equation of a fourth‑degree polynomial to its graph.Polynomials

In this lesson students are asked to build a box with the largest possible volume from an 8x14 sheet of paper. The are then directed to a calculus applet that allows them to build multiple boxes to solve the same problem. A link to the applet is in the student handout.Polynomials and Maximum Volume

This lesson uses the ExploreLearning Gizmo "Radical Functions" to investigate radical functions.Radical Functions

In this lesson, students use Interactive Physics to model a bouncing ball. They then export the data to a spreadsheet and analyze the data to determine the type of sequence a bouncing ball follows.Sequences

In this lesson, students use a motion detector to collect data and generate equations for sinusoidal motion. Although the directions are written for a TI CBR, the lesson can be done using any motion detector.Sinusoidal Motion

In this lesson, students used a website containing weather data to capture the average high temperature for 4 cities over 12 months.Sinusoidal Modeling

In this lesson, students use a motion detector to collect and analyze motion, direction, and speed data to gain an understanding of slope (velocity) and vertical intercept. Although the directions are written for a TI CBR, the lesson can be done using any motion detecor.Slope/Intercept

This lesson uses Interactive Physics to model vectors in a precalculus class. Student handout contains directions and questions for students.Vectors