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# Graphing Lines

Students will learn about how human activity impacts Earth's climate through reading a NASA press release and viewing a NASA eClips™ video segment. Then students will examine simple mathematical models that predict changes in the Earth system in... (View More)

Keywords: Linear equations
Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

# Patterns of Ocean Energy Balance

Oceans play a significant role in determining and moderating the effects of energy imbalances. Students will begin this lesson by working with temperature data to reinforce the importance of protocols, practice computing statistical measures of data... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free

# Using Mathematical Models to Investigate Planetary Habitability: Activity B Making a Simple Mathematical Mode

In this activity, students build a simple computer model to determine the black body surface temperature of planets in our solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Experiments altering the luminosity and... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per group of students

# Using Mathematical Models to Investigate Planetary Habitability: Activity C The Role of Actual Data in Mathematical Models

Students explore how mathematical descriptions of the physical environment can be fine-tuned through testing using data. In this activity, student teams obtain satellite data measuring the Earth's albedo, and then input this data into a... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# Modeling Hot and Cold Planets: Activity C Approximating the Average Surface Temperature of the Earth

In this activity, students explore the importance of adequate sampling strategies when conducting a scientific investigation. They are tasked with determining the average temperature of the Earth, using data sets easily found on the Internet, and... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# Using Mathematical Models to Investigate Planetary Habitability: Activity A Finding a Mathematical Description of a Physical Relationship

In this activity, student teams learn about research design and design a controlled experiment exploring the relationship between a hypothetical planet, an energy source, and distance. They analyze the data and derive an equation to describe the... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# Can Venus and Mars Be Made Habitable?

This activity is about planetary climate. Once familiar with the factors that determine a planet's surface temperature, learners will use an interactive spreadsheet model of a planet's atmosphere to determine if greenhouse gases, luminosity of the... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free

# Modeling Hot and Cold Planets: Activity B Experimenting with Computer Models

In this activity, students pose several hypotheses for what will happen if you continue heating or supplying energy to the hot and cold planet models (Mercury, Mars, Venus, and Earth) and then test their hypotheses using a spreadsheet based... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# Temperature Variations and Habitability: Activity B Relating Factors that Influence Planetary Temperature and Habitability

In this activity, student teams create a knowledge map of the essential characteristics or factors of a planet with a habitable climate, identifying range of inputs, outputs and variables of a planetary environmental system. Identified... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# How do Atmospheres Affect Planetary Temperatures? Activity B How do Atmospheres Produce their Effect Upon Surface Temperatures?

In this kinesthetic activity, the concept of energy budget is strengthened as students conduct three simulations using play money as units of energy, and students serve as parts of a planetary radiation balance model. Students will determine the... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student
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