Using measurements taken by the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew by Pluto in July 2015, students practice their math skills in a real-world application and see how new data can change scientific understanding.
This kinesthetic activity provides students with an opportunity to engage in several Common Core Math standards while learning about their classmates and the Juno mission at Jupiter.
Students develop spreadsheet models that describe the relationship between the mass of a spacecraft, the force acting on the craft, and its acceleration.