Lessons in Mathematics Section 4: Review 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 4 reviews previous concepts, combines model structures to solve new problems and extends problems from previous lessons. Available from iseesystems. 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 5: Oscillatory Behavior 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 5 covers sinusoidal functions, including simple harmonic motion. Distance versus time lessons using a motion detector are also included, as are lessons on predatorprey systems.
Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. The lessons in this section can be used as building blocks for the Oscillations curriculum that illustrates "the cause of the problem is within the system." 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 6: Convergent and Logistic Behavior 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 6 takes students through the steps from exponential to convergent to logistic models, culminating with an application to a system of deer and vegetation.
Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. The lessons in this section can be used as building blocks for the Oscillations curriculum that illustrates "the cause of the problem is within the system." 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 7: Differential Equations 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 7 builds on the skills of Sections 5 and 6 using classic problems studied with differential equations. Exponential, convergent and logistic models are presented using examples from contagious disease, the path of lead through the body and predatorprey interactions. This section also compares the numerical derivation of Euler's Method to a corresponding version in STELLA.
Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. The lessons in this section can be used as building blocks for the Oscillations curriculum that illustrates "the cause of the problem is within the system." Available from iseesystems. 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 8: Miscellaneous Topics 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 8 presents a natural extension of linear and exponential growth study  arithmetic and geometric sequences. Application to an agespecific population is also included. Available from iseesystems. 

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Lessons in Mathematics Section 9: Appendix 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

This book provides a set of tools that enables educators to teach mathematics using the framework of System Dynamics. Section 9 is a useful reference for all lessons in the book. Included are generic modeling structures, a summary of motion, distancevelocityacceleration graphs and examples of differential equations with their growth patterns. Available from iseesystems. 

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Lessons in Mathematics: A Dynamic Approach 

Author(s):
Diana M. Fisher 
Subject:
Math 

The abstractness of a traditional approach to mathematics causes many students to falter. This book focuses on making the abstractness more concrete with interesting and fun lessons. It uses STELLA software's iconbased, nonabstract language to structure problems in ways that students can easily visualize. Students use the software's simulation capabilities to explore solutions to the problems. Some sections can be used as building blocks to understand the behavior of complex systems, while others illustrate one or more characteristics of complex systems. Available from iseesystems. 

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Let It Roll! An Interdisciplinary Middle School Math/Science Unit Using a STELLA Model of the Physics of Motion 

Author(s):
Rob Quaden, J. Trierweiler, & D. Lyneis 
Subject:
CrossCurricular 

In this unit eighth graders first conduct a physics of motion laboratory experiment and then try to understand the behavior using model building, math reasoning and scientific reasoning. 

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Linguistic Clues for Spotting Feedback Loops in the Wild 

Author(s):
Kim A. Kastens, & Thomas F. Shipley 
Subject:
CrossCurricular 

It’s not so hard to recognize a feedback loop when you encounter it in a course where the teacher is explicitly talking about systems thinking. It’s a much harder knack to recognize feedback loops amid the distractions and complexity of the real world. But that’s the knack our students will need if they are to use their understanding of feedback loops to explain phenomena, or make predictions, or solve problems in their personal and professional lives. The goal of this article is to provide learners with a strategy with which to recognize nonobvious feedback loops in their outofschool reading. 

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Living Lands — Forest and Town Simulation 

Author(s):
Anne LaVigne, & Jen Andersen 
Subject:
CrossCurricular 

This lesson with multiuser simulation explores the management of a national forest and its surrounding towns. Student teams log in and make decisions for a local town or for the surrounding forest that has a large level of accumulated fuel. The decisions of individual teams impact all other teams. Damage from potentially catastrophic fires looms, and students must try to manage the situation to protect the area, both now and into the future. 

