In this activity, students "demonstrate the ability to represent numbers in scientific notation and use geometry to solve problems about planets in the solar system." This is the third in a series of activities called Math Space Odyssey from PBS's Mathline, and it asks students to calculate the capacity and area of the planets in the Milky Way. In addition, students convert numbers to scientific notation, calculate the distance between planets, and are asked to create and solve their own problem dealing with distance or capacity in the solar system. All relevant data needed is provided on a chart on this site, and the activity and answers can be downloaded as PDFs and printed, ready for classroom use.


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CCSS.Math.Content.8.G.C.9: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

CCSS.Math.Content.8.EE.A.3: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times an integer power of 10 to estimate very large or very small quantities, and to express how many times as much one is than the other.

CCSS.Math.Content.8.EE.A.4: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Perform operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation, including problems where both decimal and scientific notation are used. Use scientific notation and choose units of appropriate size for measurements of very large or very small quantities (e.g., use millimeters per year for seafloor spreading). Interpret scientific notation that has been generated by technology.

CCSS.Math.Content.HSG-GMD.A.3: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Use volume formulas for cylinders, pyramids, cones, and spheres to solve problems.?
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