Students graph monthly quadratic data on solar radiation and use the evidence from the graphs to advise a homeowner about the times of day and months when the use of solar panels would provide the greatest reduction in electricity usage.
Provide time for students to view and record the information for other months on their "Gathering important mathematical evidence" worksheet.
Throughout the activity consider how well students:
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