Combining math and science is a natural. With all the excitement surrounding the 2017 total solar eclipse, it only makes sense to extend our math knowledge and skills to the numbers involved with the incredible show that is about to take place in the sky.
This resource contains a Bank of Math Problems for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. It includes 60 math problems (and answers) that involve the following skills:
- Identifying the least and greatest values
- Subtracting to find how much greater than or less than
- Dividing to find how many times greater than
- Finding elapsed time in years
- Finding elapsed time in hours, minutes, and seconds
- Calculating time in different time zones
- Finding the percent of increase or decrease
- Finding ratios
- Ordering numbers from least to greatest
- Finding mean, median, mode, and range
- Finding first quartile, third quartile, interquartile range
- Creating a box-and-whisker plot
These problems are based on the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Data Sheet that is also included in this resource. The data sheet contains numerical facts about twelve states which will experience totality during the eclipse. Information given about the eclipse in relation to each state includes the following:
- Average width of the path of totality
- Average time of duration of totality
- Distance of the center line across the state
- Average speed across the state
- Date of previous total solar eclipse
- Date of next total solar eclipse
The skill level for the 60 problems ranges from 4th to 7th grade. It is just a matter of creating your own worksheets of problems customized to the level of your students by cutting and pasting appropriate problems from the Problem Bank. Or, you can use any of the problems as a template to further customize them and make them more applicable to your situation.
This resource can be used effectively in various settings – whole class instruction, math centers, cooperative learning groups, or as individual student-work.
The documents in this resource are in two formats - editable Microsoft Word 97-2003 and Adobe Acrobat PDF.
If you need more information about the up-coming solar eclipse, check out the resource entitled “Solar Eclipse 2017 – The Ultimate Guide for Teachers and Students ”, which is also available at my store:
Link-Solar Eclipse 2017 - The Ultimate Guide for Teachers and Students