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****************************************************************************************** insert text below> <p> <center><img src="images/PlutoCharon.jpg" height=430 width = 800> <p> <center> <table> <tr><td> <p> <h2>Common Core State Standards</h2> <p> <b>Mathematics: Expressions and Equations</b> <p><b>(8.EE.c.7)</b> Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations <br><b>(HS.Modeling)</b> Graphing utilities, spreadsheets, computer algebra systems, and dynamic geometry software are powerful tools that can be used to model purely mathematical phenomena as well as physical phenomena <br><b>(NGSS.MP.2)</b> Reason abstractly and quantitatively <br><b>(NGSS.MP.4)</b> Model with mathematics <br><b>(NGSS.HSN.Q.A.1)</b> Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multi-step problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays <p> <b>ELA/Literacy</b> <p><b>(RTS.11-12.1)</b> Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account. <br><b>(RTS.11-12.2)</b> Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms. </td><td> <h2>Next Generation Science Standards</h2> <p> <b>Science and Engineering Practices</b> <p> <b>(HS-PS2-1)</b> Analyze data using tools, technology or models (computational, mathematical) in order to make valid and reliable scientific claims <br><b>(HS-ESS1-1)</b> Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the relationships between systems or components of a system <br><b>(HS-ESS1-2) </b>Construct an explanation based on valid and reliable evidence obtained from a variety of sources including students own investigations, theories, simulations and peer review <br><b>(MS-ESS1-3)</b> Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the analysis of data from Earth-based instruments, space-based telescopes, and spacecraft to determine similarities and differences among solar system objects. Examples of scale properties include the sizes of an object s layers (such as crust and atmosphere), surface features (such as volcanoes), and orbital radius. Examples of data include statistical information, drawings and photographs, and models.] </td></tr> <tr><td> <p> <h2>Individual Math Challenges</h2> <p> <div class="full-width-content-item"><li class="thumb-list"> <img src="images/PlutoAtmSM.jpg" height=100 width=20> <span class="thumb-copy"><span class="event-date">Exploring the Atmosphere of Pluto </span> The atmosphere of Pluto comes and goes as its temperature changes during the long Pluto year. This problem uses a simple equation to help you compare atmosphere thicknesses as temperature and constituents change. <br> <a href="Pluto/PlutoK.pdf">[Problem Page] </a> | <a href="Pluto/Answers.pdf">[Answer Key] </a> </span> <!-- class="thumb-list"--></div><!--class="full-width-content-item"--><div class="divClear"></div> <div class="full-width-content-item"><li class="thumb-list"> <img src="images/PlutoTwilightSM.jpg" height=100 width=20> <span class="thumb-copy"><span class="event-date">Pluto: The Twilight World </span> The sun is so far away from Pluto that High Noon is only as bright as twilight here on Earth. That means solar panels used for converting sunlight into electricity have to be much larger. This problem explores solar brightness and its impact on generating electricity in the remote reaches of our solar system. <br> <a href="Pluto/PlutoL.pdf">[Problem Page] </a> | <a href="Pluto/Answers.pdf">[Answer Key] </a> </span> <!-- class="thumb-list"--></div><!--class="full-width-content-item"--><div class="divClear"></div> <div class="full-width-content-item"><li class="thumb-list"> <img src="images/MarsInteriorSM.jpg" height=100 width=20> <span class="thumb-copy"><span class="event-date">Exploring the Dwarf Planets </span> Scientists can learn a lot about the inside of a dwarf planet by making very precise measurements of its diameter and mass. From these measurements, average densities (mass divided by volume) can be figured out. The density of an object gives us a clue as to whether it is mostly rocky or mostly icy. <br> <a href="Pluto/PlutoA.pdf">[Problem Page] </a> | <a href="Pluto/Answers.pdf">[Answer Key] </a> </span><!-- class="thumb-list"--></div><!--class="full-width-content-item"--><div class="divClear"></div> </td><td> <h2>More Math Challenges</h2> <p> <P><FONT face="Ariel" color=black size=4> </font><A href=" Pluto/PlutoA.pdf"><FONT face="Ariel" size=4 color=black> <b>Exploring the Dwarf Planets </b> </FONT></A><FONT face="Ariel"> Scientists can learn a lot about the inside of a dwarf planet by making very precise measurements of its diameter and mass. From these measurements, average densities (mass divided by volume) can be figured out. The density of an object gives us a clue as to whether it is mostly rocky or mostly icy. <FONT face="Ariel" color=black size=2>[Grade: 6-8 | Topics: density; mass] </FONT></font> </p> <P><FONT face="Ariel" color=black size=4> </font><A href=" Pluto/PlutoB.pdf"><FONT face="Ariel" size=4 color=black> <b>Exploring the Dwarf Planet Ceres </b> </FONT></A><FONT face="Ariel"> Counting and measuring craters on Ceres can provide insights into the cratering process that created its surface. It appears to have fewer large craters than scientists had expected to see, a possible indication that most of the material that came together to form Ceres was smaller asteroids. <FONT face="Ariel" color=black size=2>[Grade: 6-8 | Topics: scale; proportion] </FONT></font> </p> <P><FONT face="Ariel" color=black size=4> </font><A href=" Pluto/PlutoC.pdf"><FONT face="Ariel" size=4 color=black> <b>Triton: The Twin of Pluto? </b> </FONT></A><FONT face="Ariel"> Triton is only slightly larger than Pluto. Both worlds have similar surface materials, such as nitrogen, methane and carbon monoxide. Their diameters, masses and densities are amazingly similar. <FONT face="Ariel" color=black size=2>[Grade: 6-8 | Topics: volume=area x height; rates;volume of a sphere] </FONT></font> </p> <P><FONT face="Ariel" color=black size=4> </font><A href=" Pluto/PlutoD.pdf"><FONT face="Ariel" size=4 color=black> <b>The Amazing Journey to Pluto! </b> </FONT></A><FONT face="Ariel"> Deep space missions can take up to 10 years from development to launch. For New Horizons, it took close to 20 years from the time that scientists conceived of the mission to the time it reached its destination! <FONT face="Ariel" color=black size=2>[Grade: 6-8 | Topics: speed; time; unit conversion] </FONT></font> </p> <P><FONT face="Ariel" color=black size=4> </font><A href=" Pluto/PlutoE.pdf"><FONT face="Ariel" size=4 color=black> <b>Exploring Interplanetary Communication </b> </FONT></A><FONT face="Ariel"> On July 14, 2015, NASA s New Horizons spacecraft reaches dwarf planet Pluto and begins sending data back to Earth. At that time, the distance from Earth to Pluto is 4.8 billion kilometers. At the speed of light, one-way radio signal travel time is 16,000 seconds or 4 hours and 27 minutes. <FONT face="Ariel" color=black size=2>[Grade: 6-8 | Topics: distance; speed; time] </FONT></font> </p> </p> <P><FONT face="Ariel" color=black size=4> <a href="Pluto/PlutoInterior.xlsx"><b>Modeling the Interior of Pluto</b> </a> - This interactive Excel spreadsheet lets you create a model of the interior of Pluto based on its diameter, mass and the densities of ice and rock.</font> </td></tr> <tr><td> <h2>Math Problem Resource Guides</h2> <p> <p> <div class="full-width-content-item"><li class="thumb-list"> <img src="images/DwarfPlanetsSM.jpg" height=140 width=20> <span class="thumb-copy"><span class="event-date">Exploring the Dwarf Planets - Elementary (2015)</span> <b>10 Problems</b> This book describes how missions like New Horizons and Dawn are created, built, launched and how they return data back to Earth. Essays describe spacecraft design, STEM careers that form the basis for these missions, along with a series of 10 Space Math challenges to encourage a deeper understanding of the issues. A discussion of dwarf planets and why Pluto was 'demoted' is also provided.sic scales and proportions, fractions, scientific notion, algebra and geometry. <a href="http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/Pluto/DwarfPlanetsV3.pdf">[PDF: 10 Mby ] </a></span> </li><!-- class="thumb-list"--></div><!--class="full-width-content-item"--><div class="divClear"></div> </td><td> <h2>Math Problem Resource Guides</h2> <p> <p> <div class="full-width-content-item"><li class="thumb-list"> <img src="images/DwarfPlanetsSM.jpg" height=140 width=20> <span class="thumb-copy"><span class="event-date">Exploring the Dwarf Planets - Advanced (2015)</span> <b>11 Problems</b> This book provides 11 math problems for middle and high school students that explore various aspects of the dwarf planets such as their atmospheres, sunlight changes, and the Kuiper Belt. Students also learn about the other known dwarf planets: Eris, Makemake, Haumea and Ceres. The Answer Key is is available <a href="Pluto/Answers.pdf">here</a>, and also in the back of the book <a href="Pluto/DPProblemBook.pdf">[PDF: 3 Mby ] </a></span> </li><!-- class="thumb-list"--></div><!--class="full-width-content-item"--><div class="divClear"></div> </p> </td></tr> </table> </center> <! ****************************************************************************************** end of inserted text> </div><!--class="full-width-content-item">--> <div class="divClear"></div> </div><!--id = maincontent--> <!-- MAIN CONTENT ENDS HERE --> </div><!--id="content-wrapper"--> </div><!--id="content"--> <div class="divClear"></div> <div id="footer"> <div> <a href="http://www.nasa.gov" class="imageLink"><img src="images/nasa_header_logo1.gif" alt="NASA Logo, National Aeronautics and Space Administration" width="140" height="98" /></a> </div><!--class="nasaLogo"--> <div id="footer-signature"> <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/goddard/" class="imageLink"><img src="images/goddardsignature2.png" height="68" /></a> </div><!--id="footer-signature--> <div class="nasafootlinks"> <ul> <li>Author: <a href="mailto:Sten.F.Odenwald@nasa.gov">Dr. Sten Odenwald</a></li> <li>NASA Official : <a href="mailto:Michelle.Thaller@nasa.gov">Dr. Michelle Thaller</a></li> </ul> </div><!--nasafootlinks--> <div class="nasafootlinks" id="footerRight"> <ul> <li> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/HP_Privacy.html">Privacy Policy &amp; Important Notices</a> </li> <li> <a href="">Contact Us</a> </li> </ul> </div><!--nasafootlinks--> </div><!--id=footer--> </div><!--id="page"--> </div><!--id = page-wrapper--> </body> </html>