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Space Math III -- Problem 6, Single Event Upsets in Aircraft Avionics

First page of Problem 6, Single Event Upsets in Aircraft Avionics

Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators

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


Radiation is a problem for high-altitude commercial and research aircraft. Showers of high-energy neutrons cause glitches in computer electronics and other aircraft systems. This problem investigates the neutron background radiation at 30,000 to 100,000 feet based on actual flight data. Students interpret a graph and use the data to answer questions about memory glitches on an aircraft. A one-page teacher guide accompanies the one-page assignment.

Problem 6, Single Event Upsets in Aircraft Avionics  [156KB PDF file]

This mathematics problem is part of Space Math III.

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