The past few weeks have been very difficult for Puerto Rico due to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the lack of essential services.
Mrs. Tati Crespo, Robinson Math teacher, found a way to connect our present situation to what she is teaching in her Algebra II class. After learning how to find lines of regression with the use of a calculator, students were asked to apply the knowledge to the immediate situation Puerto Rico is facing after the storm. First, hey had to collect data on any one of the provided list of services for the past month giving the numbers of progress per day. Then, they had to find a line of regression to represent the data in order to make a prediction as to when the service will reach full reestablishment and what are the projections for the next 10 months.
They could choose from AAA, AEE, Telecommunications Service, Bank Branches, tourism or commerce. They were also expected to find data on the unemployment rate in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria’s hit and predict what will happen within the next 10 months based on their line of regression. Another exercise was to find data on the number of people who have left the island since Hurricane Maria and are seeking jobs in the US. Based on the line of regression, they had to predict what will happen in the next 10 months as far as the island’s demographics.
Finally, they summarized their findings, presented all the data, the line of regression, their predictions, and reached the conclusion that Puerto Rico will not be returning to normal during the next 10 months. After their discovery, they believe the official report is not accurate. It will take much longer than what the government estimated to get Puerto Rico back to normal.