Last updated: April 26, 2021
Math Skill: Interpreting circle graphs (converting percentages to fractions and decimals)
Science Subject: Our Energy Resources
Area level: Local
Environmental Area: Energy
Purpose: Understand energy sources of electricity generation in Evansville and develop awareness of our energy use
BACKGROUND FOR THE TEACHER
Indiana has substantial coal reserves. Our state ranked 2nd in coal consumption, only after Texas, and 7th in coal production in 2018 (U.S. Energy Information Administration). Accordingly, the share of coal in electricity generation in Evansville is large. About 3/4 of our electricity comes from coal in Evansville.
Together with coal, natural gas also play an important role in electricity generation in Evansville. The share of renewable energy is 5%.
The purpose of this activity is to enhance students’ skills in interpreting circle graphs, using the information on energy sources of electricity generation in Evansville. The circle graph used in this activity was created based on data obtained from Vectren.
Worksheet & answer key
Math Skill: Interpreting circle graphs (converting percents to fractions and decimals)
Using the circle graph on energy sources of electricity generation in Evansville, students are asked to use skills in converting percents to fractions and decimals.