Solar radiation and the UV index: an application of numerical integration, trigonometric functions, online education and the modelling process

Downs, Nathan and Parisi, Alfio and Galligan, Linda and Turner, Joanna and Amar, Abdurazaq and King, Rachel and Ultra, Filipina and Butler, Harry (2016) Solar radiation and the UV index: an application of numerical integration, trigonometric functions, online education and the modelling process. International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2 (1). pp. 179-189. ISSN 2148-9955

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Abstract

A short series of practical classroom mathematics activities employing the use of a large and publicly accessible scientific data set are presented for use by students in years 9 and 10. The activities introduce and build understanding of integral calculus and trigonometric functions through the presentation of practical problem solving that focuses on Public Health and developing a personal understanding of solar ultraviolet radiation and the UV Index. The classroom activities are presented using an approach that encourages self-discovery of mathematical concepts by application of mathematical modelling. These activities also develop critical thinking skills through application of data mining, data processing and presentation. They also emphasize the importance of drawing valid conclusions, concepts important to scientific research, statistics and epidemiology.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2016 04:01
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2017 00:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: UV index, Online, Mathematics education, Mathematics modelling, Big data
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28107

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