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Space Math: Kepler Spies Five New Planets
Topic: Math

Short Description: Students count squares on a Bizarro Star to study the transit of a planet, and determine the diameter of the planet. This demonstrates the basic principle used by NASA's Kepler satellite to search for Earth-sized planets orbiting distant stars.

Space Math: LRO Makes a Temperature Map of the Lunar South Pole
Topic: Math
Grade Level: 5-8, 9-12
Body: Earth's Moon
Mission: Lunar Recon Orbiter (Earth's Moon)

Short Description: Students use the published LRO temperature map to study the scale of the south polar region, the sizes of its craters and estimate the volume of water-ice that may be present in Shackleton Crater.

Space Math: Meteorite Compositions: A matter of density
Topic: Math

Short Description: Astronomers collect meteorites to study the formation of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago. In this problem, students study the composition of a meteorite in terms of its density and mass, and the percentage of iron and olivine to determine the volumes occupied by each ingredient.

Space Math: NASA-funded research discovers life built with toxic chemical
Topic: Math
Body: Earth

Short Description: Students explore the DNA of an organism based on arsenic and not phosphorus.

Space Math: So..How big is it? -- Asteroid Eros surface
Topic: Math
Body: Asteroids
Mission: NEAR Shoemaker (Asteroids)

Short Description: Students calculate the scale of an image of the surface of the asteroid Eros from the NEAR mission, and determine how big rocks and boulders are on its surface.

Space Math: The Dawn Mission -- Ion Rockets and Spiral Orbits
Topic: Math
Body: Asteroids
Mission: Dawn (Dwarf Planets)

Short Description: Students determine the shape of the trajectory taken by a spacecraft using a constant-thrust ion motor using differential and integral calculus for arc lengths.

Space Math: The Earth-like Planet Gliese 518g
Topic: Math

Short Description: Students use data for the Gliese 581 planetary system to draw a scaled model of the locations and sizes of the discovered planets. They also identify the location and span of the Habitable Zone for this planetary system.

Space Math: The Transit of Mercury
Topic: Math
Body: Sun, Mercury
Mission: Heliophysics (Sun)

Short Description: As seen from Earth, the planet Mercury occasionally passes across the face of the sun; an event that astronomers call a transit. From images taken by the Hinode satellite, students will create a model of the solar disk to the same scale as the image, and calculate the distance to the sun.

Space Math: Volcanos are a Blast: Working with Simple Equations
Topic: Math

Short Description: Page 77. Students examine the famous Krakatoa explosion, asteroid impacts on the Moon and geysers on Enceladus 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.

SpaceMath: The Goldilocks Planets -- Not Too Hot or Cold
Topic: Math