Exploring Space Through Math: Algebra I
Algebra I introduces high school mathematicians to fundamental concepts that are used in a wide range of contexts and situations. The eight lessons in this series provide learners with the opportunity to apply their understanding of linear and quadratic functions to solve some of the real-world problems that astronauts face. Pupils analyze oxygen usage data to predict if the astronauts have enough breathable air to complete a spacewalk and solve problems involving parabolic flights. They create scatter plots and linear regression equations to find the mass and altitude of the space shuttle during ascent and interpret velocity and acceleration graphs. They also investigate the risks of increased loss of bone mineral density in the reduced gravity of space. The lessons use actual data from the space flights for their calculations.