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Space Math I Educator Guide

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These activities comprise a series of 20 practical mathematics applications in space science. This collection of activities is based on a weekly series of space science problems distributed to teachers during the 2004-2005 school year. The problems in this booklet investigate space weather phenomena and math applications such as solar flares, satellite orbit decay, magnetism, the Pythagorean Theorem, order of operations and probability. The problems are authentic glimpses of modern engineering issues that arise in designing satellites to work in space. Each word problem has background information providing insight into the basic phenomena of the sun-Earth system, specifically space weather. The one-page assignments are accompanied by teacher pages with answer keys.

Note: This collection was formerly published as the Extra-Credit Problems in the Space Science Educator Guide.

Space Math I [3MB PDF file]

Introductory Pages

Problem 1, Aurora Timeline

Problem 2, Aurora Drawing

Problem 3, Radiation Effects

Problem 4, Solar Flares and CMEs

Problem 5, Do big sunspots make big solar flares?

Problem 6, Solar Storms and Satellite Orbit Decay

Problem 7, Solar Electricity

Problem 8, Solar Power Decay

Problem 9, Space Weather Crossword

Problem 10, Bird's-eye Look at the Sun-Earth System

Problem 11, The Height of an Aurora

Problem 12, Earth's Wandering Magnetic Pole

Problem 13, The Plasmasphere

Problem 14, Magnetic Storms

Problem 15, The Coronal Mass Ejection

Problem 16, Plasma Clouds

Problem 17, Applications of Pythagorean Theorem to Magnetism

Problem 18, Magnetic Forces and Particle Motion

Problem 19, The Solar Wind and the Bow Shock

Problem 20, Kinetic Energy and Voltage

Space Math II

Space Math III

Space Math IV

Space Math V

Space Math VI

Space Math VII

Adventures in Space Science Mathematics

Algebra 2 With Space Science Applications

Astrobiology Math

Black Hole Math

Earth Math

Electromagnetic Math

Exploring Planetary Moons

Exploring Stars in the Milky Way

Exploring the Lunar Surface

Exploring the Milky Way

Image Scale Math

Lunar Math

Magnetic Math

Mars Math

Radiation Math

Remote Sensing Math

Solar Math

Space Weather Math

Transit Math