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Why is the Earth Still Hot Inside?
Inquiry lab in which students study the rate of heat transfer as a function of size. Larger objects lose heat more slowly than smaller objects because their surface area relative to their volume is smaller. Relevant to the study of planetary formation, comparative planetology, basic thermodynamics, scientific inquiry, error checking, and the consequences of scaling.
Creating the Solar System – step by step
The goal of this lesson is to encourage the clarification and understanding of the processes involved in the creation of our solar system. The lesson is part of a larger unit of astronomy which addresses the MA ...
Using Your Marbles: Making Energy Work for You
potential energy, kinetic energy, work
Heat on the Move
Laura Schofield, Northeastern University
To introduce students to the concept that heat transfer via convection is more efficient then heat transfer via conduction.
Know Your Neighbors--researching the planets
Kathie Kelly, Northeastern University
Utilizing online and traditional resources students will collect data on planets and moons in our solar system. Working collaboratively students will generate a spreadsheet of the data. After verifying one ...
Spacecraft Design for Interplanetary Travel
Students will design and build a reusable spacecraft for interplanetary travel.
On A Collision Course: The Moon
Impact craters are found on nearly all solid surface planets and satellites. Although this exercise simulates the impact process, it must be noted that the physical variables do not scale in a simple way to ...
Modeling the Earth-Moon Orbital System
Mike Hansen, Linden School, Malden, MA email@example.com
Through constructing a physical model, students will come to understand that bodies in orbit and the objects they orbit actually both revolve around their common center of mass (barycenter).
Using Density to Predict Planetary Differentiation
This is an inquiry based lesson designed for middle school students. This lesson serves as an informal assessment of students' understanding of density and also serves as an introduction to Planetary formation and Planetary differentiation.
Reaching for a Star... (and finding its diameter!)
The use of metric units and measuring skills are reviewed. Extreme distances are measured using a pinhole camera to set up ratios of similar triangles.
Investigating Meteorites: Bridging Earth Science to Space Science
This activity is designed to have students apply previous knowledge about Earth Science to investigate iron-nickel meteorites. Students should have previous knowledge of crystal size/cooling rate correlation in Earth rocks and previous knowledge of Earth's composition. Students will investigate meteorites (real or photographed with scale) using a series of guided questions. They will practice using observation and inference skills as well as data collection skills. Key words- activity, measurement, guided inquiry, astronomy, meteorites, hands-on, investigative, lab, crystal size, cooling rate, differentiation, planetary composition, planetary formation, observation, inference, correlation, space, geology, earth science, solar system, solar system formation
Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Laboratory activity to introduce students to measuring fluid viscosity. Key words: Viscosity, fluid, Stokes, rheology, graduated cylinder.