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Solar panels: Modelling & data analysis 2. Maths Key Stage 3 & 4
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Solar panels: Modelling and data analysis – Lesson 2

Maths | KS3 | KS4

Learning Objectives

  1. Read and describe data from bar charts.
  2. Compare data from similar charts.
  3. Consider how (solar power) concepts could be applied in everyday life.
 

Lesson Description

INEOS TEAM UK’s base has a fantastic solar array on the roof. To ensure they understand how well it works under different conditions, students help them analyse the data they have collected about the amount of electricity produced. The differentiated worksheets reinforce learning objectives for this topic. The resources can be used either in sequence or flexibly as an introduction to a topic, or for a quick activity.

This film introduces the use of solar panels as a renewable, sustainable way of producing electricity. Using Team INEOS UK's America's Cup base in Portsmouth, it explores the factors surrounding, choosing and installing solar panels. This includes the modelling required to maximise the area covered by solar panels and the data analysis that is used to understand the technology’s effectiveness and impact.
 

For immediate access to all of our free Key stage 3 and 4 STEM teaching resources.

2. Lesson 2 Presentation Editable presentation for delivering Lesson 2 on measuring, monitoring and interpreting data, including Answers to the Worksheets.
3. Worksheet 2-1 Analyse chart data. An introduction suggested for 11-14 year olds.
4. Worksheet 2-2 Interpret chart data. More advanced tasks suggested for 11-14 year olds.
5. Worksheet 2-3 Three tasks requiring the interpretation of chart data. Suggested for 14-16 year olds.

CURRICULUM LINKS

ENGLAND
KS3 NC Maths:
Move freely between different numerical, algebraic, graphical and diagrammatic representations.
Describe simple mathematical relationships between two variables.
Construct and interpret appropriate tables, charts, and diagrams, including frequency tables, bar charts, pie charts, and pictograms for categorical data, and vertical line (or bar) charts for ungrouped and grouped numerical data.

KS4 NC Maths:
Plot and interpret graphs.
Interpret and construct tables and line graphs for time series data.
Interpret diagrams for grouped discrete data and continuous data.
Interpret, analyse and compare the distributions of data sets from univariate empirical distributions.

GCSE Mathematics
AQA:
S2 Interpret and construct tables, charts and diagrams, including frequency tables, bar charts, pie charts and pictograms for categorical data, vertical line charts for ungrouped discrete numerical data, and know their appropriate use.
Interpret, analyse and compare the distributions of data sets from univariate empirical distributions.

Edexcel:
S2 Interpret and construct tables, charts and diagrams, including frequency tables, bar charts, pie charts and pictograms for categorical data, vertical line charts for ungrouped discrete numerical data, tables and line graphs for time series data and know their appropriate use.

OCR:
12.02a Interpret and construct charts appropriate to the data type; including frequency tables, bar charts, pie charts and pictograms for categorical data, vertical line charts for ungrouped discrete numerical data.
12.03c Interpret correlation within the context of the variables, and appreciate the distinction between correlation and causation.

WALES
KS3 Maths:
Interpret diagrams and graphs (including pie charts).
Construct and interpret graphs and diagrams (including pie charts) to represent discrete or continuous data, with the learner choosing the most appropriate representation.
Interpret mathematical information; draw inferences from graphs, diagrams and data, including discussion on limitations of data.

SCOTLAND
Third Level Maths:
Complete a table for a two-variable relationship.
Scale drawings: word problems.

NORTHERN IRELAND
KS3 Maths:
Present content data using suitable charts and tables.
Use correlation to determine what relationship variables have with one another.
Solve word problems involving two-variable equations.
Complete a table for a two-variable relationships.

Subject

Maths

Key Stage

KS3, KS4

Resource For

Students, Teachers

Type

Teacher Presentation, Worksheet

Topic

Modelling and data analysis
 
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