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Far Out Math DLESE Reviewed Collection
This inquiry-based math/science curriculum explores the conceptual tools which have enabled scientists and engineers to launch satellites like GLAST into space, and to make sense of the data received. In this curriculum, students will measure, scale, graph and problem solve, using examples derived from GLAST. They will compare quantities as orders of magnitude, become familiar with scientific notation, and develop a concrete understanding of exponents and logarithms; all skills needed to understand the very large and very small quantities characteristic of astronomical observations. The lessons instruct students in logarithms, preparing them for further physical and space science studies. Note: In 2008, GLAST was renamed Fermi, for the physicist Enrico Fermi.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • Informal
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
  • Mathematics
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Available through link.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-573
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: Lynn Cominsky
Sonoma State University