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How Many Stars in the Milky Way?

Students perform an experiment in which they will use a statistical method called `sampling' to count to a billion (and beyond). Students practice sampling by estimating the number of characters on a page from the classified section of a newspaper. They estimate, then randomly sample to refine their estimate. This method is applied to counting the number of stars in an image of a distant galaxy.

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Grade
8th - 11th
Subjects
Math
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Resource Type
Lesson Plans
Instructional Strategy
Inquiry-Based Learning

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