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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 9-12. It focuses on scales and numbers used when representing distances and sizes in the science of astronomy. This involves developing equations and using scientific notation for large numbers. The Earth, Sun, Milky Way galaxy and universe are all used to develop understanding of this concept. It includes objectives, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Mathematics, Space science
 
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This section of Cambridge Cosmology discusses cosmic strings and other defects in our Universe. It begins with phase transitions in the early Universe, and how cosmic strings and other defects formed early on. Cosmic string evolution and dynamics are discussed while looking at high-resolution numerical cosmic string simulations. Also covered are possible explanations for the origin of large-scale ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Visualization - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Mathematics, Space science
 
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This Cambridge Cosmology site introduces the concept of black holes, explaining their properties and presenting observational evidence for their existence. Also covered are black hole formation, and determination of weight, size, and distance. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Visualization - scientific, Ref. material, Modeled dataset
Subject: Mathematics, Space science
 
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This activity introduces students to the range of sizes among dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, helping them to visualize the actual sizes and gain a feel for the mathematical process of scaling. This activity contains goals, materials, methods, and discussion questions. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Paleontology, Mathematics
 
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This activity provides opportunities for making comparisons and predictions, and communicating electronically through computer networks, using sunrise and sunset times. The information and data gathered can be used as an introduction to a lesson on Earth rotation, tilt, seasons and time zones. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Module / Unit
Subject: Mathematics, Space science
 
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This activity is designed to give students a better understanding of what parallax is and to gain some experience in using it. They will devise a method to calculate the distance of objects using observational data, describe how our eyes use parallax to determine the distance of objects, and make estimates of distances using parallax. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Mathematics, Space science
 
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This activity is designed to replicate Eratosthenes' experiment in which he measured the circumference of the Earth. Students at two different schools will work in small groups to take accurate measurements at a specific time and use their knowledge of geometry and trigonometry to determine the measure of an angle. They will also use significant digits in their reports, calculate percent error, and ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Field activity
Subject: Geology, Mathematics
 
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In this activity students build a device to capture an outline of the Sun and use geometry to determine its diameter. They will then calculate the percent difference between their value and the accepted diameter of the sun. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Field activity
Subject: Mathematics, Space science
 
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The Fermilab Flora and Fauna Exhibit provides information on wildlife phenomena commonly found at Fermilab, in Illinois, such as: bird nests, beavers, buffalo, Canada geese, deer, fungi, lichens, poison ivy, insects (including prairie insects in winter), red-tailed hawks, and woodchucks. A section on math patterns in nature explains what Fibonacci sequences, golden numbers and angles, and fractals ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Biology, Mathematics
 
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This student activity demonstrates how foraminifera can be used to analyze climate. It contains background information and the classroom activity, which includes instructions and the required charts and graphs. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Paleontology, Mathematics
 
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