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CCSS7.RP.A.3

CCSS6.RP.A.3d

CCSS6.RP.A.3c

CCSS8.EE.A.4

CCSS8.EE.A.3

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Welcome to Blue Star Research - a space exploration and research company dedicated to finding and mapping new galaxies, planets, moons, and systems throughout the universe. As a new recruit, you have been assigned to the Hyperion Star System as part of its second research team*. Your first task is to study your assigned planets, model them creatively, and collect and convert given data to specific numbers and units that can be translated and understood throughout the universe.

This project is designed to teach students how to write numbers in scientific notation by converting them from standard notation, as well as translating between the different prefixes.

There are also components involving finding percentages of a number, artistic representation of planets (optional with additional resources), and an optional journal entry portion to increase writing performance in mathematics.

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CCSS7.RP.A.3

Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems. Examples: simple interest, tax, markups and markdowns, gratuities and commissions, fees, percent increase and decrease, percent error.

CCSS6.RP.A.3d

Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units; manipulate and transform units appropriately when multiplying or dividing quantities.

CCSS6.RP.A.3c

Find a percent of a quantity as a rate per 100 (e.g., 30% of a quantity means 30/100 times the quantity); solve problems involving finding the whole, given a part and the percent.

CCSS8.EE.A.4

Perform operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation, including problems where both decimal and scientific notation are used. Use scientific notation and choose units of appropriate size for measurements of very large or very small quantities (e.g., use millimeters per year for seafloor spreading). Interpret scientific notation that has been generated by technology.

CCSS8.EE.A.3

Use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times an integer power of 10 to estimate very large or very small quantities, and to express how many times as much one is than the other. For example, estimate the population of the United States as 3 × 10⁸ and the population of the world as 7 × 10⁹, and determine that the world population is more than 20 times larger.

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Teaching Duration

3 days

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