MASTODON PROJECTS SPRING 2005
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First Mastodon Project

Step 1. (individual preparation) Produce six linear regression equations and graph them with data as instructed on Web page http://www.mth.bz/mele/mele2shflc.htm

Step 2. (group work) Make corrections for any of the six linear regression equations and graphs. Determine the domain and range for each of the six equations. Write the six equations using the number of digits your group needs to retained in order to have millimeter precision. The intercept can be rounded off to an integer but rounding off the slope will need some thought and reflection about the domain in each equation. Keep your individual corrections and turn in the new (rounded off) six equations with domain and range information. Write a brief description about how your group made the round off decisions.

Second Mastodon Project

Step 1. (individual preparation) Sign the College field trip sheet then meet at Mastodon State Historical Site Museum, Imperial, MO. on Thursday, February 24, 2005, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. for information presented by Mr. John Biermann, Resource Interpreter, Mastodon State Historical Site. Take notes, write answers to his questions and record femur measurement information.

Step 2. (group work) Measure MO's shoulder height from lazer beam to lazer beam to toe distances. Be creative about other measurements, do them and record results. Make sure each person in your group has your information and get names and phone numbers for contact.

Step 3. (individual preparation with group help) Make drawings and get pictures from those taken on site to help label the measurements and questions answered. Start writing your individual report on "The Size of MO" and with your group: turn in a rough draft of measurements made associated with drawings and pictures on 3/3/2005. Make your report with drawings and pictures by email to wtw@mth.bz by 3/8/05 with your name and section of MTH 160B in the email.

Step 4. INDIVIDUAL QUESTION: Based on these two mastodon projects, how can we determine the height of a mastodon given the circumfrence of its femur? Email your answer to wtw@mth.bz by 3/11/05 with your name and section of MTH 160B in the email.

Feb. 24, 2005 Pictures

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