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Space Math III Educator Guide

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These activities comprise a series of 36 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 2006-2007 school year. The problems in this booklet investigate science and mathematics concepts such as radiation effects on humans and technology, solar science, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. 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 one-page teacher's sheets with answer keys.

Space Math III [12MB PDF file]

Introductory Pages

Sample Problem, An Introduction to Space Radiation

Problem 1, Unit Conversion Exercises

Problem 2, Radiation Background and Lifestyles

Problem 3, A Perspective on Radiation Dosages

Problem 4, Having a Hot Time on Mars!

Problem 5, Calculating Total Radiation Dosages at Mars

Problem 6, Single Event Upsets in Aircraft Avionics

Problem 7, The Deadly Van Allen Belts?

Problem 8, Systems of Equations in Space Science

Problem 9, Monster Functions in Space Science

Problem 10, Parametric Functions and Substitution

Problem 11, Radon Gas in the Basement

Problem 12, Some Puzzling Thoughts about Space Radiation

Problem 13, Moving Magnetic Filaments Near Sunspots

Problem 14, Correcting Bad Data Using Parity Bits

Problem 15, Data Corruption by High-Energy Particles

Problem 16, The Pressure of a Solar Storm

Problem 17, Are U Nuts?

Problem 18, Lunar Meteorite Impact Risk

Problem 19, Beyond the Blue Horizon

Problem 20, Measuring the Speed of a Solar Tsunami

Problem 21, Do Fast CMEs Produce Intense SPEs?

Problem 22, Atmospheric Shielding from Radiation Part I

Problem 23, Atmospheric Shielding from Radiation Part II

Problem 24, Atmospheric Shielding from Radiation Part III

Problem 25, Introduction to Radiation Shielding

Problem 26, Astronomy as a Career

Problem 27, Solar Storms; Odds, Fractions and Percentages …

Problem 28, A Study of Astronaut Radiation Dosages

Problem 29, Hinode Satellite Power

Problem 30, Hinode -- A Close-up of a Sunspot

Problem 31, Compound Interest

Problem 32, Solar Flare Reconstruction

Problem 33, A Lunar Transit of the Sun from Space

Problem 34, The Hinode Satellite Views the Sun

Problem 35, The Sunspot Cycle -- Endings and Beginnings

Problem 36, Super-fast Solar Flares

Space Math I

Space Math II

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