Calculating Iridium Fallout from an Asteroid Impact

This Calculating Iridium Fallout from an Asteroid Impact activity & project also includes:

Should we be afraid of a large asteroid impact on Earth today? Young scientists estimate the size and composition of an asteroid similar to the one that caused the K-T mass extinction. They apply algebraic formulas to answer questions before having a discussion about the assumptions and conclusions the data help them reach.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Pre-teach parts per notation before working through the rest of the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of algebra, solving for volume and surface area of spheres, scientific notation, metric units, and density
  • Lesson works as an extension to the short film The Day the Mesozoic Died, but stands alone if needed
Pros

  • Provides two versions, one with guided calculations and the other without
  • Designed to connect math and science concepts
Cons

  • None