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Algebra Applications: Logarithmic Functions, Segment 3: Tsunamis

In 1998 a devastating tsunami was triggered by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of New Guinea. The amount of energy from this earthquake was equivalent to a thermonuclear explosion. Students analyze the energy outputs for different magnitude earthquakes. Using the Graphing tools, students explore the use of a logarithmic scale to better analyze exponential data.

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Common Core Standards CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.LE.A.4
Duration 7.65 minutes
Grade Range 6 - 11
Curriculum Nodes Algebra
    • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
        • Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
        • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions and Equations
        • Graphs of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Copyright Year 2011
Keywords algebra, logarithmic functions, applications of logarithmic functions, tsunamis, earthquakes, earthquake magnitude