November 11, 2016

In this investigation, students will explore the question: What might the climate of the future be like? Students will use simple climate models to explore how greenhouse gases warm the planet. Using more complex models, students will explore the effect of albedo and learn how positive and negative feedback loops affect the overall temperature. Students will analyze the relative effects of positive and negative feedback to make a prediction for the future of Earth's climate.

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Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem.

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9—10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Model with mathematics.

Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities.

Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation.

Reporting the number of observations.

Describing the nature of the attribute under investigation, including how it was measured and its units of measurement.

Know that straight lines are widely used to model relationships between two quantitative variables. For scatter plots that suggest a linear association, informally fit a straight line, and informally assess the model fit by judging the closeness of the data points to the line.

For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship.?

Relate the domain of a function to its graph and, where applicable, to the quantitative relationship it describes.?

Distinguish between correlation and causation.

Evaluate reports based on data.