A teaching module by NASA makes the use of basic mathematics, algebra, geometry, trigonometric functions and statistics to understand earth science and climate change. This teaching module consists of a range of topics, for different grade levels, and relates them to mathematical modelling. The topic covered are as stated below:
- Fractions and Chemistry
- Counting Atoms in a Molecule
- Parts per Hundred
- Parts per Thousand
- Kelvin Temperatures and Very Cold Things
- Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
- Ancient Eclipses and the Length of Day
- Earth’s Polar Wander – The Chandler Wobble
- Identifying Materials by their Reflectivity
- Reflectivity Fingerprints
- Graphical Reflectivity Measurements
- Electricity – Watts and Kilowatts
- Energy in the Home
- Energy Consumption in an Empty House!
- Annual Electricity Consumption in a Home
- Carbon Dioxide Production at Home
- US Electrical Energy Consumption
- World Electricity Consumption and Carbon Dioxide
- Earth’s Atmosphere
- Carbon Dioxide Production and Sequestration
- Carbon Dioxide Increases
- Modeling the Keeling Curve with Excel
- Carbon Dioxide – Where does it all go?
- A Simple Model for Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
- Carbon Dioxide Increases During the Last 2000 Years
- Carbon Dioxide Changes During the Last 400,000 Years
- Solar Insolation Changes and the Sunspot Cycle
- The Solar Constant Since 1600
- Scientists Track the Rising Tide
- A Satellite View of Downtown Las Vegas
- Exploring Washington DC from Space!
- Paris – In a Different Light
- Glacier Retreat
- Estimating Biomass Loss From a Large Fire
- Earth – A Matter of Gravity!
- Magnetic Earth and the Lithosphere
- Studying Ocean Plankton From Space
- NASA Satellite Sees Carbon Dioxide
- Carbon Production in the US – 2002
- Earth’s Carbon Metabolism – Revealed
- The International Space Station and Atmospheric Drag
- Satellite Drag and the Hubble Space Telescope
- Earth’s Rotation Changes and the Length of the Day
- The Global Warming Debate and the Arctic Ice Cap
- The Great Gulf Oil Catastrophe of 2010
- Recent Events: A Perspective on Carbon Dioxide
Use this tool to help students find answers to:
- What is ‘reflectivity’? Graph the measurements of commonly mentioned materials as per their reflectivity index.
- What is ‘Keeling Curve’? What does it say about carbon dioxide concentrations over time?
- How is carbon dioxide concentration calculated using satellite imagery?
About the Tool
|Tool Name||Earth Math Educator Guide|
|Discipline||Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Environmental Sciences|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Algebra, Data Analysis, Probability, Trigonometry, Fractions and Decimals, Energy Consumption, Visualization, Graphs, Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide, Keeling Curve, Carbon Sequestration, Glacier Retreat|
|Climate Topic||Introduction to Climate Change; Climate Variability Record; Planetary Climate|
|Type of tool||Teaching Module|
|Grade Level||Middle School, Highschool|
|Hosted at||NANA STEM Engagement Website|