Every minute of relief can count for something. Once medicine enters the blood stream it will soon have its most powerful effect because it has its highest concentration. Over time the concentration reduces and once it reaches a certain level, the medicine will no longer be effective. The concentration level of medicines can be most accurately modeled by rational functions.
Turn your Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus into a Medical Research Lab. Students will use rational functions to determine the amount of medicine or anesthesia in a patients blood stream.
In this 17 page document you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, handout resources for students to use, and an answer key. In all it is three different assignments --
-- In “Sedation Class” students will use rational models to create a table and construct a graph of the data.
-- In “Medication", students will investigate 5 different rational models of medicine to determine which has the longest lasting effects.
-- In “Anesthesiology Crisis”, students will wear their anesthesiologist hat and have found a paperwork disaster. There are 6 patients and the levels and types of sedation were mixed up. Using graphs or tables students must determine which rational model belongs to which patient. They must determine when the patients will wake from anesthesia and they have to figure out if patients will need more anesthesia.
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