Subject Area: Mathematics and Science
Grade Level: 6th & 7th grades
National Math Standards:
- Mathematics as Problem Solving: Investigate and
understand mathematical content. Verify and interpret results with
respect to the original problem.
- Patterns and Functions: Describe and represent
relationships with tables, graphs, and rules.
- Statistics: Systematically collect, organize, and
National Science Standards:
- Unifying Concepts and Processes: Understanding change,
constancy, and measurement.
- Science as Inquiry: Demonstrating abilities necessary
to do scientific inquiry.
- Physical Science: Understanding changes in properties
National Technology Standards:
- Technology productivity tools: Use content-specific
tools, software and simulations (e.g.,environmental probes,
graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to
support learning and research.
- Technology research tools: Use content-specific tools,
software and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing
calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support
learning and research; select and use appropriate tools and
technology resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve
After reading the explanation given below, use AtmosModeler to
gather and record data on temperature and altitude generated by
the AtmosModeler control panel.
AtmosModeler is an interactive
simulation software package that describes how physical quantities such as
pressure, temperature, speed of sound, and Mach number change with altitude.
The package was created at the NASA
Glenn Research Center.
AtmosModeler is a Java applet program that executes inside the browser of your computer.
It is available on the World Wide Web at
You can also
download the program to run off-line.
You may change the value
of the altitude or aircraft speed by using the sliders on the left of the
To use the slider:
- Click the mouse
pointer on the arrows at the ends of the slider.
- Click the mouse
pointer anywhere between the slider and the arrow.
- Drag the slider
with the mouse.
To use the input
boxes provided on the right side:
Simply select the
value in the input box, key in the new value, and press Enter or Tab when
finished. The button on the slider will move corresponding to the value
typed in the box.
To begin problem, click on the Activity icon below.
You, or you and your partner(s), will be evaluated on the
accuracy of the data recorded and the feasibility of your answers
to the activity questions.
You will be able to use AtmosModeler to gather and record
data. You will use data to make calculations regarding altitude
Submitted by: James Naus, University of Akron, Akron,