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Algebra 1, Geometry

Key Topic: Pythagorean Theorem, distance/rate formula (d = rt)

Students will apply the distance formula and the Pythagorean Theorem to determine the minimal path and minimal time for the Lunar Rover to perform tasks on the surface of the Moon.

Students will
  • create a scale drawing to model a real life problem;
  • apply the Pythagorean Theorem and distance/rate formula (d = rt); and
  • analyze data to find a solution.

Prerequisites: Prior to this activity, students should have experience applying formulas. Students should be familiar with using calculators and evaluating formulas, as well as have a basic knowledge of scale factor and application of the Pythagorean Theorem.

› Lunar Rover Educator Edition (PDF 764 KB)
› Lunar Student Edition (PDF 569 KB)

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