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Drexel SDP GK 12 ACTIVITY Activity Calculate Your Weight on Another Planet Subject Area s Earth and Space Associated Unit Astronomy module 2 Associated Lesson Activity Title Lesson History of the Planets in Our Solar System Activity Calculate your Weight on Another Planet Grade Level 6 3 7 Activity Dependency None Time Required 20 minutes Group Size 1 Expendable Cost per Group 0 Summary In the preceding lesson we ll have traveled through 4 5 billion years of history to learn how our solar system was born We ll then discussed planetary motion and some properties of the planets ending with a math exercise for the students to use the factor label method to calculate their age and weight on several other planets Engineering Connection Engineers often must make conversions to measurements depending upon the environmental conditions For example a wire will have an increased resistance to the flow of electricity as the ambient and internal temperature increase Therefore the operating temperature is an important factor to estimating the electrical resistance of a component In astronomy the gravitational force of a planet is an important factor to calculating the weight of an object These two examples illustrate how environmental conditions affect the properties of a object and how scientists and engineers use these factors in their calculations Keywords Astronomy big bang factor label solar nebula Educational Standards PA Science Physical Science Chemistry and Physics Astronomy 3 4 D Math Computation and Estimation 2 2 Pre Requisite Knowledge Be familiar with the concept of multiplying by one e g no change in the value Learning Objectives After this lesson students should be able to Apply the factor label method to convert their weight on another planet Explain what is the cause of differences in our weight from one planet to another Materials List Each individual needs A pencil A worksheet below Introduction Motivation Have you ever wondered what it feels like to walk on



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