Cynthia Lanius

performance to stress graph
Pictured:The Yerkes-Dodson Law

Stressed Out

Slope as Rate of Change
Teachers' Notes


This lesson, written to comply with the NCTM Standards, especially as they discuss the study of functions, and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) introduces basic knowledge and skills important to a study of functions in algebra and lay the groundwork for calculus.
Grade Levels: 8-11

Lesson Procedures: The lesson is designed for students to work independently or in groups, with guidance from the teacher as needed.

Mathematics Topics: TEKS (See above)

Connecting Mathematics:

Time Needed: approximately 1 hour

Materials and media: None other than a computer with Internet access and graphics capabilities. Lessons can be printed for classroom use if networked computers are not available.

Suggested Assessment: Questions are included with each section.

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