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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to apply the following math skills for grades 5-8:

  • Plot coordinates and measure distances using a map to identify possible impact locations on the moon.
  • Use division to calculate the estimated time of comet impact from known speeds and distances (classic distance/time/rate problem).
  • Interpret data from graphs and make informed decisions from this information.
  • Calculate the area of a circle, known as the "zone of probable impact," using the area formula.
  • Derive probability estimates from a ratio of one circle's area to another.
  • Use problem-solving skills to develop a crisis management plan based on probabilities and time of comet impact.
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