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Space Math III -- Problem 25, Introduction to Radiation Shielding

First page of Problem 25, Introduction to Radiation Shielding

Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators

Grade Levels: 9-12
Publication Year: 2013
Subjects: Mathematics, Space Science


Students calculate the amount of shielding a new satellite needs to replace the European Space Agency's Infrared Space Observatory research satellite. Students use a graph of the wall thickness versus dosage and determine how thick the walls of a hollow cubical satellite have to be to reduce the radiation exposure of its electronics. Students calculate the mass of the satellite and the cost savings by using different shielding. A one-page teacher guide accompanies the one-page assignment.

Problem 25, Introduction to Radiation Shielding  [197KB PDF file]

This mathematics problem is part of Space Math III.

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