Spreadsheet Tutorial 1: Formulae, Functions, and Averages
In this activity, students use the built-in functions in Excel or Google Sheets to calculate the mean and median. Students apply what they learned to a dataset beak measurements of Galapágos finches.
The activity serves as an introduction to spreadsheet programs. It describes the basic organization of a worksheet, how to organize and format data, how to perform simple mathematical calculations, how to use built-in mathematical functions, and how to select and manipulate a range of numbers.
Student Learning Targets
Using spreadsheet functions, calculate the mean for a set of measurements.
analysis, calculation, column, data, formula, function, Galapágos finches, range, sorting, variation
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Common Core (2010)
Math.N-Q.1, Math.F-LE.5, Math.A-SSE.3, Math.A-REI.3, Math.S-ID.5, Math.S-IC.3; MP1, MP2, MP4, MP5
AP Biology (2019)