Algebra Application: Cicada Cycles
In this Algebra Application, students study the life cycles of 13- and 17-year cicadas, as well as the populations of bird predators. Students develop a mathematical model using spreadsheets and investigate why the prime number life cycles help the cicadas. The math topics covered include:
- Mathematical modeling
- Data gathering and analysis
- Percent increase and decrease
- Prime numbers and composites
This real world application of math concepts will engage your students.
Note: The download is a PDF file that includes the link to the GoogleDoc version.
|Common Core Standards||CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.RP.A.3, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.IF.C.8.B|
|Grade Range||7 - 10|
• Ratios, Proportions, and Percents
• Applications of Ratios, Proportions, and Percents
• The Language of Math
• Numerical Expressions
|Keywords||cicadas, prime numbers, mathematical modeling, percent change, percent increase, percent decrease, population growth|