Algebra Application: When Will Space Travel Be Affordable?
In this Algebra Application, students examine the budding industry of commercial space travel. Using data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, students build a mathematical model from historical airfare data. This model is used to predict when commercial space travel will become affordable. This also includes a discussion of inflation-adjusted costs and the future value of money.
- Mathematical modeling
- Linear regression
- Exponential functions
- The time value of money
Note: The download is a PDF file that includes the link to the GoogleDoc version.
|Common Core Standards||CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.SP.A.1, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.SP.A.2, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.LE.A.1|
|Grade Range||8 - 10|
• Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
• Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
• Linear Functions and Equations
• Applications of Linear Functions
• Probability and Data Analysis
• Data Analysis
|Keywords||scatterplot, linear regression, applications of exponential functions, applications of linear functions, inflation, time value of money|