Real World Applications – Algebra I
Carbon Dioxide Emissions in Nicaragua!
Carbon dioxide emissions are calculated by determining how much human activity has occurred. Data is gathered from fossil fuel combustion, cement manufacturing and gas flaring. The link below represents the carbon dioxide emissions in both graph form and table form.
Looking at this graph, we can start to predict the carbon dioxide emissions for the future using Algebra. I will make a simplified table and find a line of best fit using my graphing calculator.
For the sake of this activity, I’m going to look at the following data points:
You can look here to learn how to insert and plot all of these data points into your TI-83 calculator: cstl-csm.semo.edu/tansil/134/Handouts/bestfit.pdf
For 2012, there will be 1,530 metric tons of carbon emissions. Does this answer make sense, when looking at all of your data points? Why or why not? Could there be more than one prediction for any given year?
This makes sense, since 1033.25 is between 989 and 1048.
How does this information impact your carbon footprint? What could you do to minimize your own carbon footprint?
On this website, see if you can recreate a similar equation and estimate what the carbon dioxide emission would be today.