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Cosmic Chemistry: Planetary Diversity
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Cosmic Chemistry: Planetary Diversity

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Short Description: The goal of this module is to acquaint students with the planets of the solar system and some current models for their origin and evolution. During the explorations of the Cosmic Chemistry: Planetary Diversity module, students will make decisions concerning possible patterns or groupings of the physical and chemical compositions of internal structures and atmospheres of planets. Through classroom activities, they will be encouraged to examine some contemporary models proposed to explain the origin and evolution of the planets. In the final assessment activity students will use these experiences to predict the properties of the the missing planet that could have formed in the asteroid belt.

Topic: Evolving Worlds: Planets, Like People, Grow and Change Over Time, Formation of the Solar System

Grade Level: 9-12

Body: Our Solar System, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroids, Meteors & Meteorites, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Dwarf Planets

Mission: Dawn (Dwarf Planets), InSight (Mars)

Science Education Standards: National Science Education Standards
Assessment Standard B

Achievement and Opportunity to Learn Science must be Assessed
Assessment Standard C

Source: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


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