Theme: Cell phones
Pricing 
Packaging 
Cameras 
Towers 
Usage statistics 
Batteries 
Links 
Achievement standards
Cell phone pricing
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Class gather all the different plans from the different companies (including plans tied in with Internet and telephone and family). There will be prepay with different conditions and cost for number of phone minutes, number of texts, and data rates (Internet access). These costs will vary within and across providers (pending legislation change).
Note
This is quite a complex issue.
 What if they want to go oversees or to a different town/region?
 Who do they text or talk to the most?
 Why do they have the cell phone?
Big question/issue
 What is the best cell phone plan for you?
 How can we compare the plans?
Modelling
Starting with a complex situation that we want to understand, and so we model it. We simplify the situation and look at different variables separately. At each stage you have to suspend reality and then look at the end to see how close it is to reality, which leads to refining the model.
Possible questions to explore
 Compare (companies or different plans in one company) just one thing at a time (cost per text, per call, other).
 Is there a minimum amount required to operate the phone (hidden fixed cost)?
 Which company gives the best deal for you and justify.
 Fix some condition, like the number of minutes, and compare two companies texting.
 Devise methods to compare prepay and pay as you go plans. Compare with other countries plans. (Take into account exchange rate).
 Explore costs and benefits – best mates and fixed term.
 For $20 per month which is the best plan?
 If you need to use your phone out of the country, for example, Australia, what would your best plan be?
 On credit – what is the real cost, including rates?
Activity: Cell phone pricing plan
Possible achievement objectives
Select from below depending on the teaching and learning activities chosen.
Number strategies and knowledge
 NA51 Reason with linear proportions.
 NA54 Use rates and ratios.
 NA55 Know commonly used fraction, decimal, and percentage conversions.
 NA61 Apply direct and inverse relationships with linear proportions.
 NA63 Apply everyday compounding rates.
 NA64 Find optimal solutions, using numerical approaches.
Equations and expressions
 NA57 Form and solve linear and simple quadratic equations.
 NA65 Form and solve linear equations and inequations, quadratic and simple exponential equations, and simultaneous equations with two unknowns.
Patterns and relationships
 NA59 Relate tables, graphs, and equations to linear and simple quadratic relationships found in number and spatial patterns.
 NA67 Relate graphs, tables, and equations to linear, quadratic, and simple exponential relationships found in number and spatial patterns.
 NA68 Relate rate of change to the gradient of a graph.
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Cell phone packaging
 Explore ratio of length to width of the phone.
 Measuring button size (are these standard?) How does hand size affect your use?
 Volume the phone takes up in purse/pocket/pencil case.
 Surface area for buying skins (measure the amount of waste if having to cut to size, or make their own 'skin' out of paper for their phone).
 Design a logo for a skin that meets certain requirements and then prepare instructions for another student to create their same design.
Activity: How does your cell phone measure up?
Possible achievement objectives
Select from below depending on the teaching and learning activities chosen.
Number strategies and knowledge
 NA51 Reason with linear proportions.
 NA56 Know and apply standard form, significant figures, rounding, and decimal place value.
 NA61 Apply direct and inverse relationships with linear proportions.
Measurement
 GM51 Select and use appropriate metric units for length, area, volume and capacity, weight (mass), temperature, angle, and time, with awareness that measurements are approximate.
 GM52 Convert between metric units, using decimals.
 GM53 Deduce and use formulae to find the perimeters and areas of polygons and the volumes of prisms.
 GM54 Find the perimeters and areas of circles and composite shapes and the volumes of prisms, including cylinders.
 GM61 Measure at a level of precision appropriate to the task.
 GM62 Apply the relationships between units in the metric system, including the units for measuring different attributes and derived measures.
 GM63 Calculate volumes, including prisms, pyramids, cones, and spheres, using formulae.
Shape
 GM56 Create accurate nets for simple polyhedra and connect threedimensional solids with different twodimensional representations.
 GM65 Recognise when shapes are similar and use proportional reasoning to find an unknown length.
Transformation
 GM48 Use the invariant properties of figures and objects under transformations (reflection, rotation, translation, or enlargement).
 GM59 Define and use transformations and describe the invariant properties of figures and objects under these transformations.
 GM68 Compare and apply single and multiple transformations.
 GM69 Analyse symmetrical patterns by the transformations used to create them.
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Cell phone cameras
Using the camera function:
 Explore pixels – what gives high definition or good enough?
 Which cameras give the best picture – is the number of pixels the only thing that matters?
 Measure items in a picture using scaling – put a student ID card or other item of known size in the photo and use that to determine the size of other items in the picture (real use: crime scenes).
Activity: Measuring with digital pictures
Possible achievement objectives
Select from below depending on the teaching and learning activities chosen.
Number strategies and knowledge
 NA51 Reason with linear proportions.
 NA54 Use rates and ratios.
 NA61 Apply direct and inverse relationships with linear proportions.
Measurement
 GM51 Select and use appropriate metric units for length, area, volume and capacity, weight (mass), temperature, angle, and time, with awareness that measurements are approximate.
 GM52 Convert between metric units, using decimals.
 GM53 Deduce and use formulae to find the perimeters and areas of polygons and the volumes of prisms.
 GM54 Find the perimeters and areas of circles and composite shapes and the volumes of prisms, including cylinders.
 GM61 Measure at a level of precision appropriate to the task.
 GM62 Apply the relationships between units in the metric system, including the units for measuring different attributes and derived measures.
Transformation
 GM59 Define and use transformations and describe the invariant properties of figures and objects under these transformations.
 GM68 Compare and apply single and multiple transformations.
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Cell phone towers
 Find out where are local cell phone towers are located.
 What are the ranges of cell phone towers? How is range affected by tall buildings or mountains? Describe these loci.
 Create a scaled map showing the towers and write instructions to locate one tower from another using bearings and distance.
 Find the area of coverage.
 Investigate an area that doesn’t have cell coverage, where would you place a tower to correct the problem, what if there are obstacles?
 Structure of purpose built towers – draw a scale diagram, make a net.
Possible achievement objectives
Select from below depending on the teaching and learning activities chosen.
Measurement
 GM51 Select and use appropriate metric units for length, area, volume and capacity, weight (mass), temperature, angle, and time, with awareness that measurements are approximate.
 GM54 Find the perimeters and areas of circles and composite shapes and the volumes of prisms, including cylinders.
 GM61 Measure at a level of precision appropriate to the task.
Shape
 GM56 Create accurate nets for simple polyhedra and connect threedimensional solids with different twodimensional representations.
 GM65 Recognise when shapes are similar and use proportional reasoning to find an unknown length.
 GM66 Use trigonometric ratios and Pythagoras’ theorem in two and three dimensions.
Position and orientation
 GM57 Construct and describe simple loci.
 GM58 Interpret points and lines on coordinate planes, including scales and bearings on maps.
 GM67 Use a coordinate plane or map to show points in common and areas contained by two or more loci.
Transformation
 GM510 Apply trigonometric ratios and Pythagoras’ theorem in two dimensions.
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Cell phone usage statistics
Investigations
 Collect student data:
 number of text sent/received
 time sent/received
 day of the week for highest/lowest activity
 categorise who send/receive from (friends, family, teachers/police/other)
 Internet usage.
 Compare with international surveys. (Analyse other results and graphs.)
 Compare boys vs. girls, juniors vs seniors.
 Compare sent and received.
 Investigate trends and patterns in their data, for example, days of the week, time of the day.

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Literacy
 Finding and evaluating existing reports on cell phone issues:
 texting and driving
 increase in their use among different age groups
 feedback on specific phone quality
 comparing usage among teens in various countries.
Possible achievement objectives
Select from below depending on the teaching and learning activities chosen.
Statistical investigation
 S51 Plan and conduct surveys and experiments using the statistical enquiry cycle:
 A  determining appropriate variables and measures
 B  considering sources of variation
 C  gathering and cleaning data
 D  using multiple displays, and recategorising data to find patterns, variations, relationships, and trends in multivariate data sets
 E  comparing sample distributions visually, using measures of centre, spread, and proportion
 F  presenting a report of findings.
 S61 Plan and conduct investigations using the statistical enquiry cycle:
 A  justifying the variables and measures used
 B  managing sources of variation, including through the use of random sampling
 C  identifying and communicating features in context (trends, relationships between variables, and differences within and between distributions), using multiple displays
 D  making informal inferences about populations from sample data
 E  justifying findings, using displays and measures.
Statistical literacy
 S52 Evaluate statistical investigations or probability activities undertaken by others, including data collection methods, choice of measures, and validity of findings.
 S62 Evaluate statistical reports in the media by relating the displays, statistics, processes, and probabilities used to the claims made.
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Cell phone batteries
 How long do they last?
 When used for texting only
 When used for talking only
 What uses the most power?
 ½ life of battery power
 Different makes of batteries how do they compare?
Possible achievement objectives
Select from below depending on the teaching and learning activities chosen.
Number strategies and knowledge
 NA51 Reason with linear proportions.
 NA54 Use rates and ratios.
 NA55 Know commonly used fraction, decimal, and percentage conversions.
 NA56 Know and apply standard form, significant figures, rounding, and decimal place value.
 NA61 Apply direct and inverse relationships with linear proportions.
 NA63 Apply everyday compounding rates.
 NA64 Find optimal solutions, using numerical approaches.
Measurement
 GM51 Select and use appropriate metric units for length, area, volume and capacity, weight (mass), temperature, angle, and time, with awareness that measurements are approximate.
 GM52 Convert between metric units, using decimals.
 GM61 Measure at a level of precision appropriate to the task.
 GM62 Apply the relationships between units in the metric system, including the units for measuring different attributes and derived measures.
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Achievement standards
Learning from this theme could potentially provide evidence towards the following achievement standards.
 AS91028 Mathematics and statistics 1.3 Investigate relationships between tables, equations and graphs – 4 credits; External
 AS91029 Mathematics and statistics 1.4 Apply linear algebra in solving problems – 3 credits; Internal
 AS91030 Mathematics and statistics 1.5 Apply measurement in solving problems – 3 credits; Internal
 AS91032 Apply rightangled triangles in solving measurement problems (1.7) – 3 credits; Internal
 AS91033 Mathematics and statistics 1.8 Apply knowledge of geometric representations in solving problems – 3 credits; Internal
 AS91034 Mathematics and statistics 1.9 Apply transformation geometry in solving problems – 2 credits; Internal
 AS91035 Mathematics and statistics 1.10 Investigate a given multivariate data set using the statistical enquiry cycle – 4 credits; Internal
 AS91036 Mathematics and statistics 1.11 Investigate bivariate numerical data using the statistical enquiry cycle – 3 credits; Internal
 AS91037 Mathematics and statistics 1.12 Demonstrate understanding of chance and data – 4 credits; External
Last updated May 5, 2021
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