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Exploring Space through Math

Found In: Mathematics, Science, 6-8, 9-12

Exploring Space through Math helps students in grades 7-12 develop a deeper understanding of math concepts and learn how to use those concepts in the context of space exploration. All problems follow the 5-E’s Instructional Model with a segment for each phase of instruction.

  • Engage
  • Explore
  • Explain
  • Extend
  • Evaluate

Some designated lessons use TI-Nspire and/or TI-84 Plus technology.

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 Series emphasizes linear and quadratic functions. Seven lessons cover spacesuit design, weightlessness, exercise in space, and more.


Geometry Series explores the mathematics of deductive and spatial reasoning and makes algebraic connections to geometric figures. Five lessons explore parachute dimensions, estimate area in a crew module, and use circle properties to predict and monitor the International Space Station and space shuttle's positions for docking.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 Series makes connections between algebra and geometry. Two lessons explore temperature change and communications.


Precalculus Series shows how functions represent not only algebraic and geometric situations, but those involving probability, statistics and trigonometry, as well as calculus. Four lessons look at the communication lag between Earth and Mars and Lunar Lander liftoff data.

Lessons include teacher and student downloads, software specific files, and related media.



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