Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
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.