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Power Metering Project

Lesson Description:
There are many devices around campus that use electricity, but it helps to have an understanding of how much power each type of device uses. With this information, you are better able to focus efforts on reducing power consumption. With basic power data collection and analysis, we can begin to answer questions like: how much money does it cost the school to leave all the computers on at night?
Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

Time Needed:
Multiple class periods
Standards Addressed:
NCTM Standards
(Data Analysis and Probability Standard for Grades 9-12)
  • Understand the meaning of measurement data and categorical data, of univariate and bivariate data, and of the term variable;
  • Understand histograms, parallel box plots, and scatterplots and use them to display data;
  • Compute basic statistics and understand the distinction between a statistic and a parameter.
  • For univariate measurement data, be able to display the distribution, describe its shape, and select and calculate summary statistics;
  • Recognize how linear transformations of univariate data affect shape, center, and spread

Materials Needed:
  • Excel spreadsheet and attached worksheets

School or Group:
U.S. Department of Energy
Contact Email:
Located in: Math

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