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Modeling the Solar System
In this laboratory exercise, students will be able to construct a scaled model of the solar system. The finished model is nearly two meters long! All of the paper shapes to create the lab are included in the model template, so no adding machine tape is necessary.The model displays the modern concept
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My Age on Mars
Use multiplication and division of decimals to calculate age on different planets in our solar system. For students unfamiliar with multiplying or dividing decimals, allow a calculator. Teachers may wish to have students graph their ages after completing activity!
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How Much Would It Weigh On...? Gravity Activity
This activity reinforces the big idea that gravity is a force that attracts a body towards a physical body that has mass, that levels of gravity differ depending on the celestial object, and an object's weight on different celestial objects differs based on the levels of gravity present. In this on
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Solar System- An out of body experience!!
Your students will perform various calculations that compare Earth statistics with other planets in our solar system. The activity is designed to support your study of the solar system and help the students visualize the concepts of size, rotation/revolution and gravity. Each student will apply the
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How to calculate your weight on different planets, satellite or ISS?
How to calculate your weight on different planets, satellite or ISS? - 1 sheet with Flash cards for calculate (kg versus newton) on Earth, Moon, Mars and I.S.S. - 1 sheet for example with an astronaut. - 1 practice sheet. - 1 sheet for difference between Mass versus Weight and 1 Challenge problem.
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Calculate Your Weight on Other Planets
Students learn to convert their weight from pounds to their mass in kilograms, then take that number and convert it to their weight in Newtons on the moon and the planets. This worksheet pushes students to organize their conversion calculations and to make connections between their calculations and
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Astronomy Lesson: Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion with MATH
This 2 page worksheet with complete teacher's answer key makes it easy to integrate math into your astronomy lesson. Students put Kepler's Laws into their own words and apply simple formulas to given values for the 8 planets to test his 3rd law of planetary motion. Then, they are asked to analyze
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Distances in Solar System and Universe
This is a two for one activity set. Both of them involve taking distances in space and scaling them down to sizes observable on Earth. The first activity calculates sizes of the planets based on shrinking the Earth down to a 1cm diameter and then showing the spacing of the planets on a football fiel
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Scale Model of the Solar System
Students apply mathematical principles of ratios to develop a mathematically accurate model of the solar system showing the distances between planets. What they find may surprise them. Materials Required: Student page (provided here as .pdf download) Plain paper Scissors Glue or tape Colored pen
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Scale Properties of Objects in the Solar System: NGS - MS-ESS1-3
This product provides supplemental resources that address concepts for Next Generation Science Standard MS-ESS1-3: Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. The product includes several posters, directions and calculations for making scale models, char
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Astronomy: Solar System: Models Of The Solar System And Kepler
This interactive sketch shows several models of the solar system. It requires Geometer's Sketchpad to run. The sketch shows the Ptolemaic model with rotating spheres and epicycles. It also shows the heliocentric model and retrograde motion. Finally it shows Kepler's third law for planets, moons and
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Science Calculating Gravity Lab Activity Science Graving Calculation Gravity Lab
Easy to incorporate, all you need is a scale! With this lab students weigh four different objects and calculate their weight on the different planets. The formula for calculating weight (mass x gravity = weight) is clearly stated in the directions. Students could use a calculator, or this activity c
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Time, Distance and the Speed of Light
This lesson is designed to give the students opportunities to conceptualize the vast distances involved in Astronomy, what role the speed of light plays with information in the Universe, and the time/velocity difficulties with interstellar travel. The lesson was intended to be a fast-paces primer fo
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Solar System Distances
This is a worksheet that requires students to calculate orbital distances of planets (and Pluto) by converting AUs to miles, kilometers and light years. Students can be required to show these calculations. Use this resource to compare different units of measurement and to reinforce or teach Scient
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Estes Rocket Experiment Form
This is a form that can be used in conjunction with launching an Estes Rocket in which the students can use math to determine the height of the launch, the speed in MPH, and how long it would take our rocket to reach space if it were to continue on its journey.
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Internet, Computer Lab, Chromebook Activity
This is an activity where students go to a specific website (which is linked in the file), read a short story about space, and answer 6 comprehension questions. This is a great computer lab activity! You can print the sheet and give to students, or give students access to the file and they can typ
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Is Anybody Out There?
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This activity has students first estimate values for the variables in the Drake Equation in order to come up with an estimate for the number of technologically advanced civilizations in our galaxy. They then enter the values in an online Drake Equation calculator to find their answer. Finally, the
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Is Anybody Out There? Drake Equation Webq Activity
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This activity has students first estimate values for the variables in the Drake Equation in order to come up with an estimate for the number of technologically advanced civilizations in our galaxy. They then enter the values in an online Drake Equation calculator to find their answer. Finally, the
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How Much Do You Weigh WS
This is a fun activity in which students will convert their Earth weight to their weight on the other planets. Once the data table is completed, students will construct a bar graph of their information.
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Time Dilation & Length Contraction Excel Spreadsheet
The spreadsheet will calculate the effects of Einstein's postulate of a fixed speed of light upon the time taken to travel to distant stars and return to earth, and on the apparent shortening or length contraction that the space traveler would exhibit. For example, at 0.99 of the speed of light, a
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Solving Kepler's 3rd Law Problems with Excel
Students will use formulas written with Excel to find wither the orbital radius of a planet or its orbital period through an application of Kepler's 3rd Law.
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How Many Days? Calculator
This Excel sheet will calculate the number of days between the current date and a date in the past since 1900. For example, the date of the first moon landing, 7/20/1969, can be entered to determine how many days ago this event occurred. The sheet uses Julian dates, which is a dating system used i
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WHAT PLANETS CAN I SEE TONIGHT
Unlike stellar constellations that appear in the same place in the sky at a given month year after year, planets will wander across the sky. THIS ACTIVITY WILL PLOT WHERE THE 5 VISIBLE PLANETS ARE FOR ANY DATE! Even though their motion is complicated, this activity involves picking numbers from fi
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THE OVAL PORTRAIT - Examining the shape of planetary orbits.
In the early 1600's, Johannes Kepler came up with his FIRST LAW OF PLANETARY MOTION - "The orbit of each planet is an ellipse with the Sun at one focus point." In this activity, students will create three different ellipses, each one slightly thinner in shape than the last one. Students will learn
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