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Dark Matter: How Does it Explain a Star's Speed?
Studying spiral galaxies can make your head spin! With this video, find out how astronomers calculate a galaxy's rotational speed, and how the prediction that the outermost stars slow down does not seem to be true. The mystery may be solved by the presence of mysterious dark matter. Perhaps by showing this, you can inspire your space scientists to be the one who finally proves its existence! Because of the brevity of the clip, you may want to simply embed it within your own presentation.
Teaching young mathematicians to use consistent units in their expressions as well as numbers, Sal demonstrates several ways to translate speed units in pre-algebra. He encourages viewers to memorize common speed units, such as the amount of feet in a mile, in order to facilitate problem-solving.
Running at a Constant Speed
The learner must use the given constant speed to find the unit rate. A table is made in order to relate the speed to the time and the distance. From the table, learners are able to see the unit rate in miles per minute and miles per hour, a simple exercise in solving unit rate problems to constant speed.
Comparing Speeds in Graphs and Equations
Compare two different proportional relationships on a graph. It is up to your mathematicians to determine which of two moving objects have greater speed. A good example of a Common Core multiple choice question.
Speed, Distance and Time
In these calculating speed, distance, and time worksheets, 6th graders review information, formulas, and examples, and solve word problems calculating average speeds, distance traveled, time taken, convert time measurements and speeds, and complete distance-time graphs. Students solve 51 problems.
Acceleration and Average Speed
For this speed worksheet, students calculate acceleration and deceleration and compare speed with velocity. Students complete 6 matching, 8 fill in the blank, and 6 word problems.
Speed and Acceleration
In this speed and acceleration worksheet, students complete math word problems having to do with speed and acceleration. Students complete 13 problems.
Students explore all the options open to beat the gas prices soaring as of late. In addition, explore what the ideal speed to drive for best gas mileage. Pros/Cons are debated on both sides of the issue. Included is discussion for an optimum amount of gas on a trip--a common mathematical problem.
Curiosity Landed on Mars
Out of this world math and science are mixed together on a worksheet that would be a great enrichment activity classrooms that are studying our solar system. The information presented is best suited toward middle school math, and specifically targeted for 6th graders who work with percentages and ratios. No matter what grade level, all classes will be interested in learning more about landing on The Red Planet, deceleration speed of the rover, and how long the trip was to Mars. Don't alienate the video listed in additional materials. It shows how the rover launched on November, 26, 2011, was able to decelerate from a speed of 13,200 miles per hour 1.7 miles per hour in only 7 minutes!
Speed Trials: Final Test
How quickly can your third graders solve these 63 math problems? Ranging from addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, you can use this resource to assess your students' mental math. Cut the worksheet into thirds to make the speed drill shorter, or give all 63 problems to your class for the ultimate test!
Speed Trials #6
Put your math whizzes to the test with a speed trial worksheet! Third graders zip through 60 multiplication problems, all including digits from 0 to 10. Who can finish first? Use the whole worksheet or cut each column of 20 problems into three different quizzes.
Dinosaur Tracks: From Stride To Leg Length To Speed
Students determine the relationship between leg length, stride length, and speed in humans and bipedal dinosaurs. They collect data and graph these human characteristics then use actual data collected from dinosaur track pads and fossils to interpolate the speed data for bipedal dinosaurs.
Speeding Along in Motion
Your class will love this outdoor lesson! Learners participate in activities to calculate speed and motion using bicycles and skateboards. They determine the average speed among class members for the distance traveled and share their results.
Students calculate the speed of an object, by measuring the amount of time it takes to cover a given distance, and then divide: speed=distance/time. However, the object may not have been moving at a constant rate over the given distance. Thus this calculation would give students the average speed.
In this science worksheet, students create a race track and mark each distance as stated. Then they perform each task and record the time it takes them for each. Students also record their data from the experiment into the chart illustrated and use the information to calculate the speed for each task and distance.
Speeding Along in Motion
Students ride bicycles or skateboards and determine their average speed. In this physics lesson, students travel to a park and are timed while riding bicycles or skateboards over a variety of courses. They complete an spreadsheet by entering formulas and making calculations.
Speed Investigation and Lab
Students work with Vernier real-time data collection probes. In this data collection instructional activity, students conduct time and distance experiments while collecting data and calculating averages. They use Vernier CBR probes and apply the appropriate formulas to investigate speed, acceleration, weight, and mass.
In this science worksheet, students solve each of the word problems on speed machines using the formula given and rounding their answers to the nearest tenth. Students also fill in the boxes and use a calculator to determine how long it would take each machine to get to travel 60 miles.
Acceleration and Average Speed
For this acceleration and average speed worksheet, students learn the equations for acceleration and average speed. They match 6 variables with their quantities, they identify speed vs. velocity and scalar vs. vector and they solve 4 problems for speed or acceleration. They analyze 2 graphs and find the acceleration and the regions indicating constant speed, deceleration and acceleration.
Speed of Solar Wind
Eleventh graders calculate solar wind speed given a set of data. In this earth science lesson, 11th graders predict what time the aurora would most likely be seen on Earth. They convert measurements from one unit to another.