Mathematician as a space career

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# Designing of satellite and rocket paper models

Education level: Secondary school

Time: 3 hours

Cost: Low

# Brief description

Students are invited to apply simple but important mathematical concepts to design a space mission, namely to calculate the proper dimensions of bodies involved in the launching of a satellite.

# Goals

• To learn how to calculate the dimensions of space components (rocket stages, satellites, etc.).
• To build paper models after student’s own calculations.
• To discover how Mathematics is an useful tool in order to pursue a space career.

# Learning objectives

Students will be able:

• To recognize and describe some important objects involved in space activities, such as rockets and their stages, and satellites;
• To fnd mathematical equations which describe the aforementioned bodies;
• To perform mathematical calculations (dimensions, volumes and areas) needed when designing space missions;
• To correlate some concepts and information in order to properly design the components of a rocket or design a satellite;
• To create paper models of a rocket mission following their own calculations.

# Evaluation

• Check that all objectives are reached.
• Ask the student to identify all the main parts of a rocket, including its stages and payload (a satellite, for instance).
• Ask the student to calculate the volume and transverse area of a satellite following a mathematical model, and to correlate them with the dimensions of a given stage of a rocket.
• Ask the student to build a paper model of the rocket and its payload following her/his own calculations.
Age
14 - 19
Type of learning activity
Lesson plan