Development of a Model: Analyzing Elemental Abundance

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How do scientists identify which elements originate from meteorites? Scholars learn about a sample of material found in a remote location, analyzing the sample to determine if it might be from Earth or not. They study elements, isotopes, abundance, and graphing as they attempt to answer the question. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Work through a few of the problems together to clarify the process
  • Discuss anomalous data and how to best handle it
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of statistics, abundance, ratios, and isotopes
  • Fifth in a six-part series on cosmic chemistry
Pros

  • Links to many high quality resources for extended learning
  • Includes answer keys
Cons

  • None