Exploring Space Through Math: Algebra I
Algebra I introduces high school mathematicians to fundamental concepts in mathematics curriculum and science courses. The eight lessons in the NASA Exploring Space Through Math series provide learners with the opportunity to apply Algebra I linear and quadratic functions to solve problems astronauts face. Pupils use oxygen usage data to predict if the astronauts have enough breathable air to complete a spacewalk, create the critical components of a spacesuit, and solve problems involving parabolic flights. They create scatter plots and linear regression equations to find the mass and the altitude of the space shuttle during ascent and interpret velocity and acceleration graphs. They also explore slope and y-intercept to investigate the risks of increased loss of Bone Mineral Density in the reduced gravity of space. The lessons use actual data from the space flights for their calculations.