Suit Yourself: Fitted for Space

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If he keeps this up, will he have enough air? After watching a video about spacewalks, groups of four brainstorm aspects of spacesuit design and present it to the rest of the class. Groups create mathematical models of oxygen use for two astronauts, knowing the rate of consumption and the initial tank pressures. Using the equations, groups determine whether each astronaut has enough oxygen to last the entire spacewalk and when the two astronauts will have the same amount of oxygen left.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research past and future spacesuit designs to compare to their own design
  • If needed, review writing linear functions and solving systems of linear equations
Classroom Considerations
  • Uses a graphing calculator
Pros
  • The lesson plan provides approximate times for each section of the lesson
  • Answer key provides directions on how to answer the calculator problems
Cons
  • None