Determining the Hubble Constant

The universe is a vast expanse, full of ample opportunities to learn about math. Young scholars create a scatter plot of distances and recessional velocities of galaxies. Determining the slope of the line of best fit gives the Hubble constant.

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CCSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Team up with an earth science teacher for the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils need to learn how to draw a line of best fit
  • Some background knowledge of galaxies and the Doppler effect is beneficial
  • Includes a PowerPoint presentation and activity worksheets
  • Answer key is available in a separate file
  • None
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