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Paper Moon: Simulating a Total Solar Eclipse

Sean Madden, James Downing, Jocelyne Comstock 

January 2006, Volume 99, Issue 5, Page 312

Abstract:
This article describes a classroom activity in which a solar eclipse is simulated and a mathematical model is developed to explain the data. Students use manipulative devices and graphing calculators to carry out the experiment and then compare their results to those collected in Koolymilka, Australia, during the 2002 eclipse. Includes a description of how to set up the simulation and examples of student work.

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Keywords:
Article
Calculators
Cross-Content (Math Only) Connections
Graphing
Curriculum Developer
Conceptual Development
Higher Education
Grades 9-12
Math Coordinator / Coach
Teacher
Modeling
Problems
Student Work