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A photograph of a total solar eclipse



Grade Levels

Grades 5-8


Mathematics, Space Science, Algebra, Fractions and Decimals, Geometry, Problem Solving, Solar System and Planets, Eclipses, Asteroids Comets Meteorites, Sun


Educator Guides, Lesson Plans / Activities

Although planets, stars and other celestial bodies move through space in complicated ways, space is so vast that rarely do such bodies collide. However, when someone watches these movements from a distant vantage point, it sometimes looks as though collisions occur because of the perspective. The introduction of Transit Math clearly explains the apparent “collisions,” eclipses, transits and occultations to middle school students. The variety of concepts in this 44-problem collection includes synodic periods, planetary conjunctions, geometry, fractions, linear equations and probability. The problems are authentic glimpses of modern science and engineering issues, often involving actual research data. Each word problem includes background information. The one-page assignments are accompanied by one-page teachers answer keys.
Transit Math  [14MB PDF file]
More booklets in this series:
Space Math I
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
Year of the Solar System — Real-World Math