Communications and the Lunar Outpost

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Can you hear me now? Groups use given information about communication on the moon to determine the maximum distance an astronaut can travel and stay in communication. Using the calculations, they determine what lunar features they can explore. The pupils calculate maximum travel distances for other tower heights.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide instruction on finding the leg of a right triangle given r and h for a circle
  • Perform the same calculations for a cell tower located on Earth
Classroom Considerations

  • Class should be familiar with the Pythagorean Theorem and determining angles in a right triangle
Pros

  • Diagrams provide a layout of the problem
  • The lesson provides a design element that requires pupils to apply previous computations
Cons

  • Figure Two may be misleading to individuals because it is not drawn to scale