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School Projects - Maths fun - Graham Colman

 

Graham ColemanThese School Projects have been designed to develop skills in maths as well as science. Graham Colman is Director of Maths at the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, Norwich, UK. As well as teaching mathematics he also has a keen interest in learning & teaching about space, space exploration and astronomy. Graham has loads more ideas and projects on his website: www.colmanweb.com

 
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Kepler’s Law

 


Suitable for KS4 and more able KS3 pupils. This activity can encompass many areas of maths: relationships between numbers, proportion, a short investigative piece of work, squaring and cubing numbers etc. This project is based on material in the Earth and Beyond section of Sun|trek.
Teachers' Notes | Excel Spreadsheet


Earth Ellipse

 


Suitable for KS4 and more able KS3 pupils. The aim is to use knowledge of proportion to find the closest and farthest distances of the Earth from the Sun. This project uses real data from the SoHO spacecraft. This project is based on material in the Earth and Beyond and Magnetic Sun sections of Sun|trek.
Teachers' Notes | Images (word file) | Student Brief
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International Space Station

 


Suitable for both KS3 or KS4. A good consolidation activity for investigating circle formula. This project is based on material in the Solar Spacecraft section of Sun|trek.
Teachers' Notes |Teachers' pps file | Teachers' ppt file


Orbiting the Sun

 


Suitable for KS3 or KS4. Consolidation of speed/distance/time formula. Pupils consider relative speeds of planets relative to their distance from Sun. This project is based on material in the Earth and Beyond section of Sun|trek.
Teachers' Notes | Excel Spreadsheet |
Teachers' pps file miles
| Teachers' pps file km

 

First Contact

 

 

Suitable for KS3. Decipher an alien message.

Project worksheet | First Contact 2 | First Contact Answers

 

Hubble Standard Form

 

 

Suitable for KS3 & KS4. Uses some equations involving gravity, size, volume, radius and density for the Sun, planets, a comet and other astrophysical objects. Practice at converting from miles to km. Relates to the Sun|trek section on the Solar System and Comparing the size of the Sun and Earth.

Project Worksheet | Project Answers

 

Total Solar Eclipse

 

 

Suitable for KS3 and KS4. Mathematics of triangles, angles and ratios. Relates to the Sun|trek section on Solar Eclipses.

Project Worksheet |Project Answers | Eclipse Map |

Lesson Plan | Lesson Bullets | Presentation | Template

 

Mr Cripps Guide to the Universe

 

 

A powerpoint guide to the Universe, by Mr Cripps a dedicated science teachers at Neatherd High School, with a great enthusiam for astronomy and space.

Project Powerpoint (.pps)

 

 

 

 
 

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