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1 August 2013 Integrating Biology & Math in an Inquiry-Based Student Research Project
Leanne Bakke, Michele C. Kieke, Robert Krueger
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In daily life, students are allowed to use words such as “more,” “some,” or “increase—decrease” to describe the relationship between two events. In science, concise description is necessary, which requires the contribution of math. In the summer component of the Science Research Institute program, students integrated essential math concepts with their research questions. Students designed experiments using data-acquisition units to monitor heart rate and pulse in order to obtain enough statistical power to mathematically use the words “more” or “increase—decrease.” Overall, students gained an appreciation for the requirement of math to support the scientific question and research design.

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Leanne Bakke, Michele C. Kieke, and Robert Krueger "Integrating Biology & Math in an Inquiry-Based Student Research Project," The American Biology Teacher 75(6), 402-405, (1 August 2013). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2013.75.6.8
Published: 1 August 2013
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heart rate.
inquiry-based projects
Integrating science and math
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