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Mathematical Modeling in Science

The Science Teacher—Summer 2005

Creating mathematical models using spreadsheets can help high school students learn at deep levels in both science and mathematics, and give teachers an excellent opportunity to integrate these two disciplines. The project described in this article involves a melding of mathematical and scientific processes. The two scientific concepts explored involve physics, specifically Hooke's law and Newton's laws of heating and cooling, though the modeling described can be used in many places in the science curriculum.
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