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Wispy, nebulous red clouds extend from lower left. At top and right: dark background of space is seen through sparse nebula. Along the left, layers of brightly colored gas and dark, obscuring dust, and a cluster of small, bright blue stars at upper left.



Grade Levels

Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12


Mathematics, Physical Science, Space Science, Algebra, Fractions and Decimals, Geometry, Problem Solving, Solar System and Planets, Sun


Educator Guides, Lesson Plans / Activities

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 [4MB PDF file]
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
More booklets in this series:
Space Math II
Space Math III
Space Math IV
Space Math V
Space Math VI
Space Math VII
Space Math VIII
Space Math IX
Space Math X
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
Year of the Solar System — Real-World Math