Education Technology

# Activities

• ##### Subject Area

• Math: Algebra I: Equations and Inequalities

9-12

90 Minutes

• ##### Device
• TI-83 Plus Family
• TI-84 Plus
• TI-84 Plus Silver Edition
• TI-Nspire™ CX/CX II
• TI-Nspire™ CX CAS/CX II CAS
• TI-Nspire™
• TI-Nspire™ CAS

3.0

## NASA - Space Shuttle Ascent: Mass vs. Time

#### Activity Overview

In this activity, students explore the ascent phase which begins at liftoff and ends when the space shuttle reaches Earth's orbit. The space shuttle must accelerate from zero to approximately 7,850 meters per second (which is approximately 17,500 miles per hour) in eight and a half minutes to reach the minimum altitude required to orbitEarth. It takes a very unique vehicle to accomplish this task.

#### Objectives

Students will:

• create scatter plots from a data table
• determine correlation and interpret its meaning
• find linear regression equations
• find the slope and y-intercept from a linear equation
• communicate the meanings of slope and y-intercept as they relate to a real-world problem.