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# Which Is More Cost Effective? Solar Heat or Oil Heat. The Math in Action Series.

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Newly revised and improved. As heating costs and power outages seem to be on the rise, many Americans are looking into alternative energy resources. The use of oil for home heating has many people looking into solar energy especially those living in the Southern sections of the United States where the sun is stronger. This activity will ask your students to look at some basic costs for installing and heating their homes with oil and solar energy from a mathematical view point. Topics covered in this activity include, identifying independent and dependent variables, creating tables, slope of a line, graphing data, and analyzing the data a break-even point. In this activity, the student will determine which heating system is more cost effective. Use of a spreadsheet software or graphing calculator may help your student in the analysis.
There are 11 pages in this activity asking the student to respond to questions related to which source of energy may be the most cost effective. An answer guide is provided.
An optional internet activity is suggested for further student investigation.
Common core standards include 6NS.C.8, 6EE.C.9, 7EE.B.4a, 7EE.B.4b.

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