Determining the Size and Energy of the K-T Asteroid

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Determining the Size and Energy of the K-T Asteroid

Summary

A lesson in which students calculate the mass, size, and kinetic energy of the K-T asteroid based on the total abundance of iridium in the K-T boundary layer.

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Curriculum Connections:

  • NGSS (2013) PS - 2
  • NGSS (2013) ESS - 4
  • Common Core (2010) - 9
NGSS (2013) PS
HS-PS1.B, HS-PS3.B
NGSS (2013) ESS
HS-ESS1-6, HS-ESS1.B, HS-ESS1.C, HS-ESS2.A
Common Core (2010)
CCSS.Mathematics.MP.2, CCSS.Mathematics.MP.4, CCSS.Mathematics.HSN-Q.A.1, CCSS.Mathematics.HSA-CED.A.4, CCSS.Mathematics.HSA-SSE.A.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-12.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-12.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-12.8, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.9-12.1