|Exploring Math and Science|
The exciting connections between mathematics and science are endless. Scientists from many fields use mathematics to express relationships and to measure the size and distance of objects. You have been selected to explore some of these connections.
To prepare for these explorations, you will need to review some topics in mathematics including exponents. You will then extend that review by learning about scientific notation. Next, you will demonstrate your understanding of these topics by completing a worksheet on scientific notation with problems from the field of science. You will then do independent online research to gather scientific facts. Lastly, you will create your own problems using the facts you gathered to apply what you learned. These tasks will require a computer, access to the web, paper and pencil.
Be sure to read through all of the directions in each section before you click and follow the links and instructions.
Process Part I: Review
Process Part II: Extend Your Knowledge
Scientific notation is used to express very large or very small numbers. A number in scientific notation is written as the product of a number
greater than or equal to one and less than ten, and a power of 10. The number between
one and ten is called the coefficient, and can be an integer or a decimal.
Below are some examples.
57,200,000 = 5.72 x 107
0.000 000 006 1 = 6.1 x 10-9
Process Part III: Research To Gather Scientific Facts
Research the following topics below from the field of science. Gather ten scientific facts about these objects using the Internet. The data you gather will be very large and very small numbers.
Process Part IV: Apply Your Knowledge
Congratulations! You have learned about positive and negative exponents and about scientific notation. You did independent, online research to gather scientific facts. You expressed very large and very small numbers from these scientific facts in scientific notation.
You can create a worksheet on scientific notation for data from Star Wars. For example, "The Kessel run is an 18-parsec route used to transport glitterstim spice from Kessel to an area south of the Si'Klaata Cluster. However, Han Solo, made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. A parsec is 3.26 light years." Write this number in scientific notation.
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