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In this activity students develop a simplified log table using information from their Log Tapes. Then they use it to solve arithmetic problems by looking up and combining logs, and finding the antilog. Because these problems are extremely simple, students appreciate the logic of logarithms without getting bogged down in the arithmetic detail and error. This is activity B3 in the "Far Out Math" educator's guide. Lessons in the guide include activities in which students measure,compare quantities as orders of magnitude, become familiar with scientific notation, and develop an understanding of exponents and logarithms using examples from NASA's GLAST mission. These are skills needed to understand the very large and very small quantities characteristic of astronomical observations. Note: In 2008, GLAST was renamed Fermi, for the physicist Enrico Fermi.

Subjects:

  • Mathematics > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
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  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
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  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

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Space Science,Informal Education,Mathematics:Number and operations,NSDL,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,Earth and space science:Astronomy,High School Programming,High School,Fermi,Space science,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Astrophysics,Mathematics,Physics,General Public,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140407123936477T

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English

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