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Signals and Noise Ratio

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Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators
Grade Levels: 6-8
Publication Year: 2011
Mathematics: Computation and Estimation; Data Analysis and Probability; Fractions and Decimals; Problem Solving
General Science: Energy Heat and Magnetism; Light; Solar System and Stars; Space Vehicles
Space Science: Lunar and Planetary Explorations; Planetary Spacecraft; Solar System and Planets - Pluto
Technology: Communication; Space Vehicles

Students are introduced to the terms "signal" and "noise" in the context of spacecraft communication. This hands-on activity includes an online interactive to explore the Signal-to-Noise Ratio, a fundamental concept in spacecraft communication. The lesson's pencil-and-paper component addresses relevant topics such as proportions and ratios.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand the terms"signal" and "noise" in the context of spacecraft communications.
  • Quantify noise using a given data set.
  • Calculate the signal-to-noise ratio.

This lesson includes teacher and student pages.

Signals and Noise Ratio  [632KB PDF file]

See also:
Earth Calling...
Signals and Noise, Oh Boy!

Page Last Updated: July 14th, 2015
Page Editor: Flint Wild