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Key Topics: Transformations, Translations and Reflections

Maneuvering around or performing a task while in the microgravity environment of space can be a difficult feat. Doing these things while wearing a space suit may present additional challenges. Students will investigate how NASA researchers simulate an astronaut’s movement in a space suit by creating an avatar and applying transformation principles.

Students will
  • apply translations in the coordinate plane; and
  • apply reflections over the y-axis in the coordinate plane.

Prerequisites: Students should have prior knowledge of scatter plots, types of correlations, linear equations (slope and y-intercept) and linear graphs. Students should also have experience using a graphing calculator or spreadsheet application to create scatter plots and to find linear regression equations.


Files for use with the TI-Nspire™
› An Astronaut In Motion TI_Nspire Educator Edition (PDF 528 KB)
› An Astronaut In Motion TI_Nspire Student Edition (PDF 197 KB)
Note: The following file is a software specific file for Texas Instrument Nspire calculators.
› An Astronaut In Motion TI_Nspire Document (TNS 158 KB)

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