November 13, 2010

The purpose of this lab is to give students examples of where scientific notation is useful in Astronomy and to reinforce the importance of units and unit conversion. This lab is not intended to teach scientific notation or unit conversion, but rather to show a practical application and to reinforce the concepts. Using real world values, students calculate volumes, distances and relationships. Several problems require that they use unit conversions such as mi/sec to ft/sec or calculating the number of water molecules on Earth given the mass of both.

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