-- Dog Days or Dog Years (for use with TI-Nspire. TI-83 or TI-84 handheld calculators).
-- Multiple Representations (TI-Nspire handheld calculator only).
-- Rate of Change (TI-Nspire handheld calculator only).
-- Space Shuttle Ascent (for use with TI-Nspire. TI-83 or TI-84 handheld calculators).
How can linear and quadratic equations be used to model the propellant burn rate of a NASA space shuttle?
In this featured lesson, students work with real NASA data from a space shuttle launch. The Exploring Space Through Math: Space Shuttle Ascent featured lesson includes four lessons using the TI-Nspire handheld calculator. The lesson has two activities that can also be used with Ti-83 or TI-84 handheld calculators: Dog Days or Dog Years and Space Shuttle Ascent. Student and educator documents are available for each activity, and the educator editions include answer keys.
The activities are to be implemented in sequential order to build understanding. The first three, Dog Days or Dog Nights, Multiple Representations, and Rate of Change, strengthen student knowledge of ordered pairs, linear equations and slope. Middle school students will be able to relate to the situations in these engaging activities. The group of activities culminates with Space Shuttle Ascent, where students analyze authentic NASA space shuttle launch data with linear and quadratic regression equations.
As an extension for those using TI-Nspire calculators, students compare the mass of a space shuttle to other objects they see every day.
Each activity has a handheld (calculator) document that needs to be transferred to student handheld calculators. Directions for teachers to access those handheld documents are below.
All activity documents can be added to the TI-Nspire handheld calculators using the free TI Computer Link software.
All activity documents can be added to the TI-3 andTI-84 plus handheld calculators using the free TI Connect software.
Ascent: 50 Seconds to MECO:
Students interpret velocity and acceleration graphs from the ascent phase of a space shuttle flight (8.5 minutes) and focus on the last 50 seconds before Main Engine Cut-Off, or MECO, to identify a linear function.
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-- TI-Nspire handheld calculators (class set).
-- Student editions and educator guides for all four activities.
-- TI-Nspire files.
-- Space Shuttle Launch video (Titled Excerpt 1 on the e-PD video web page).
-- TI-83 family or TI-84 family (class set).
-- Any spreadsheet program.
-- Student editions and educator guides for both lessons.
-- Space Shuttle Launch video (Titled Excerpt 1 on the e-PD video Web page).