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Algebra Application: When Will Space Travel Be Affordable?

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Algebra Application: When Will Space Travel Be Affordable?

In this Algebra Application, students examine the budding industry of commercial space travel. Using data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, students build a mathematical model from historical airfare data. This model is used to predict when commercial space travel will become affordable. This also includes a discussion of inflation-adjusted costs and the future value of money.

Topics covered:

- Mathematical modeling
- Linear regression
- Exponential functions
- The time value of money

**Note**: The download is a PDF file that includes the link to the GoogleDoc version.

Common Core Standards | CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.SP.A.1, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.SP.A.2, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.LE.A.1 |
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Grade Range | 8 - 10 |

Curriculum Nodes |
Algebra • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions • Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions • Linear Functions and Equations • Applications of Linear Functions • Probability and Data Analysis • Data Analysis |

Copyright Year | 2021 |

Keywords | scatterplot, linear regression, applications of exponential functions, applications of linear functions, inflation, time value of money |