Friday, April 6, 2012

Data!

Today we are spending the morning looking at data! Scientists use mathematics to interpret data--in fact I've heard math referred to as the language of science! I am always surprised at how useful math can be to tell us about our daily lives. When you think about it you're using math and estimating almost constantly as you estimate how much time it will take to get from the computer lab to your locker and then to class in the morning (without being tardy!). Math also helps (a lot!) when you are trying to buy something at the best price. But if you're going to be a scientist, math is a must and not just adding and subtracting, but algebra, too! I don't think anyone would ever say algebra is useless if they could see how if helps create formulas to understand animal distribution and make predictions. Today we'll find out how to figure out abundance and distribution over time of the animal population.

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