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Volcanoes are a Blast: Working with Simple Equations
Grade Level: 6-8
Lesson Time: Less Than 30 Minutes
Body: Earth, Asteroids, Earth's Moon, Enceladus
Mission: Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) (Asteroids), Cassini (Saturn), Earth Science Missions (Earth), Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (Earth's Moon)

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Short Description: Students examine the famous Krakatoa explosion, asteroid impacts on the moon and geysers on Enceladus (a moon of Saturn) using three equations that describe the height of the plume and initial velocity to answer questions about the speed of the debris and terminal height.

Why We Chose This Lesson
This lesson was chosen for its quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards.

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS2: Earth's Systems

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Practices:

  • 5-Using mathematics and computational thinking

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Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 5-Energy and matter: flows, cycles and conversation

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Credit: SpaceMath@NASA


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Last Updated: 18 Aug 2014