# Estimating Length Using Scientific Notation

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## Description

- Overview:
- This lesson unit is intended to help teachers assess how well students are able to: estimate lengths of everyday objects; convert between decimal and scientific notation; and make comparisons of the size of numbers expressed in both decimal and scientific notation.

- Level:
- Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Middle School, High School
- Grades:
- Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
- Material Type:
- Assessment, Lesson Plan
- Provider:
- Shell Center for Mathematical Education, U.C. Berkeley
- Provider Set:
- Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP), Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP)
- Date Added:
- 04/26/2013

- License:
- Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0
- Media Format:
- Downloadable docs, Text/HTML

# Comments

## Standards

Cluster: Work with radicals and integer exponents

Standard: Use square root and cube root symbols to represent solutions to equations of the form x^2 = p and x^3 = p, where p is a positive rational number. Evaluate square roots of small perfect squares and cube roots of small perfect cubes. Know that √2 is irrational.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Work with radicals and integer exponents

Standard: Use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times an integer power of 10 to estimate very large or very small quantities, and to express how many times as much one is than the other. For example, estimate the population of the United States as 3 × 10^8 and the population of the world as 7 × 10^9, and determine that the world population is more than 20 times larger.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Work with radicals and integer exponents

Standard: Know and apply the properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical expressions. For example, 3^2 × 3^(–5) = 3^(–3) = 1/(3^3) = 1/27.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Work with radicals and integer exponents

Standard: Perform operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation, including problems where both decimal and scientific notation are used. Use scientific notation and choose units of appropriate size for measurements of very large or very small quantities (e.g., use millimeters per year for seafloor spreading). Interpret scientific notation that has been generated by technology.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Mathematical practices

Standard: Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Mathematically proficient students make sense of the quantities and their relationships in problem situations. Students bring two complementary abilities to bear on problems involving quantitative relationships: the ability to decontextualize—to abstract a given situation and represent it symbolically and manipulate the representing symbols as if they have a life of their own, without necessarily attending to their referents—and the ability to contextualize, to pause as needed during the manipulation process in order to probe into the referents for the symbols involved. Quantitative reasoning entails habits of creating a coherent representation of the problem at hand; considering the units involved; attending to the meaning of quantities, not just how to compute them; and knowing and flexibly using different properties of operations and objects.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Mathematical practices

Standard: Look for and make use of structure. Mathematically proficient students look closely to discern a pattern or structure. Young students, for example, might notice that three and seven more is the same amount as seven and three more, or they may sort a collection of shapes according to how many sides the shapes have. Later, students will see 7 × 8 equals the well remembered 7 × 5 + 7 × 3, in preparation for learning about the distributive property. In the expression x^2 + 9x + 14, older students can see the 14 as 2 × 7 and the 9 as 2 + 7. They recognize the significance of an existing line in a geometric figure and can use the strategy of drawing an auxiliary line for solving problems. They also can step back for an overview and shift perspective. They can see complicated things, such as some algebraic expressions, as single objects or as being composed of several objects. For example, they can see 5 – 3(x – y)^2 as 5 minus a positive number times a square and use that to realize that its value cannot be more than 5 for any real numbers x and y.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Standard: Analyze and solve pairs of simultaneous linear equations.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Standard: Solve real-world and mathematical problems leading to two linear equations in two variables. For example, given coordinates for two pairs of points, determine whether the line through the first pair of points intersects the line through the second pair.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Standard: Solve linear equations in one variable.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations

Standard: Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways. For example, compare a distance-time graph to a distance-time equation to determine which of two moving objects has greater speed.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations

Standard: Use similar triangles to explain why the slope m is the same between any two distinct points on a non-vertical line in the coordinate plane; derive the equation y =mx for a line through the origin and the equation y = mx + b for a line intercepting the vertical axis at b.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Standard: Understand that solutions to a system of two linear equations in two variables correspond to points of intersection of their graphs, because points of intersection satisfy both equations simultaneously.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Standard: Give examples of linear equations in one variable with one solution, infinitely many solutions, or no solutions. Show which of these possibilities is the case by successively transforming the given equation into simpler forms, until an equivalent equation of the form x = a, a = a, or a = b results (where a and b are different numbers).

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Standard: Solve linear equations with rational number coefficients, including equations whose solutions require expanding expressions using the distributive property and collecting like terms.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Cluster: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Standard: Solve systems of two linear equations in two variables algebraically, and estimate solutions by graphing the equations. Solve simple cases by inspection. For example, 3x + 2y = 5 and 3x + 2y = 6 have no solution because 3x + 2y cannot simultaneously be 5 and 6.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Expressions and Equations

Standard: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Indicator: Solve linear equations with rational number coefficients, including equations whose solutions require expanding expressions using the distributive property and collecting like terms.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Expressions and Equations

Standard: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Indicator: Solve linear equations in one variable.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Expressions and Equations

Standard: Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations

Indicator: Use similar triangles to explain why the slope m is the same between any two distinct points on a non-vertical line in the coordinate plane; derive the equation y =mx for a line through the origin and the equation y = mx + b for a line intercepting the vertical axis at b.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Expressions and Equations

Standard: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Indicator: Give examples of linear equations in one variable with one solution, infinitely many solutions, or no solutions. Show which of these possibilities is the case by successively transforming the given equation into simpler forms, until an equivalent equation of the form x = a, a = a, or a = b results (where a and b are different numbers).

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Expressions and Equations

Standard: Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations

Indicator: Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways. For example, compare a distance-time graph to a distance-time equation to determine which of two moving objects has greater speed.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Expressions and Equations

Standard: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Indicator: Understand that solutions to a system of two linear equations in two variables correspond to points of intersection of their graphs, because points of intersection satisfy both equations simultaneously.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Expressions and Equations

Standard: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Indicator: Solve systems of two linear equations in two variables algebraically, and estimate solutions by graphing the equations. Solve simple cases by inspection. For example, 3x + 2y = 5 and 3x + 2y = 6 have no solution because 3x + 2y cannot simultaneously be 5 and 6.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Expressions and Equations

Standard: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Indicator: Solve real-world and mathematical problems leading to two linear equations in two variables. For example, given coordinates for two pairs of points, determine whether the line through the first pair of points intersects the line through the second pair.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Expressions and Equations

Standard: Work with radicals and integer exponents

Indicator: Know and apply the properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical expressions. For example, 3^2 x 3^(-5) = 3^(-3) = 1/(3^3) = 1/27.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Mathematical Practices

Standard: Mathematical practices

Indicator: Look for and make use of structure. Mathematically proficient students look closely to discern a pattern or structure. Young students, for example, might notice that three and seven more is the same amount as seven and three more, or they may sort a collection of shapes according to how many sides the shapes have. Later, students will see 7 x 8 equals the well remembered 7 x 5 + 7 x 3, in preparation for learning about the distributive property. In the expression x^2 + 9x + 14, older students can see the 14 as 2 x 7 and the 9 as 2 + 7. They recognize the significance of an existing line in a geometric figure and can use the strategy of drawing an auxiliary line for solving problems. They also can step back for an overview and shift perspective. They can see complicated things, such as some algebraic expressions, as single objects or as being composed of several objects. For example, they can see 5 - 3(x - y)^2 as 5 minus a positive number times a square and use that to realize that its value cannot be more than 5 for any real numbers x and y.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Expressions and Equations

Standard: Work with radicals and integer exponents

Indicator: Use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times an integer power of 10 to estimate very large or very small quantities, and to express how many times as much one is than the other. For example, estimate the population of the United States as 3 x 10^8 and the population of the world as 7 x 10^9, and determine that the world population is more than 20 times larger.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Expressions and Equations

Standard: Work with radicals and integer exponents

Indicator: Use square root and cube root symbols to represent solutions to equations of the form x^2 = p and x^3 = p, where p is a positive rational number. Evaluate square roots of small perfect squares and cube roots of small perfect cubes. Know that ‰ö_2 is irrational.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Mathematical Practices

Standard: Mathematical practices

Indicator: Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Mathematically proficient students make sense of the quantities and their relationships in problem situations. Students bring two complementary abilities to bear on problems involving quantitative relationships: the ability to decontextualize"Óto abstract a given situation and represent it symbolically and manipulate the representing symbols as if they have a life of their own, without necessarily attending to their referents"Óand the ability to contextualize, to pause as needed during the manipulation process in order to probe into the referents for the symbols involved. Quantitative reasoning entails habits of creating a coherent representation of the problem at hand; considering the units involved; attending to the meaning of quantities, not just how to compute them; and knowing and flexibly using different properties of operations and objects.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Expressions and Equations

Standard: Work with radicals and integer exponents

Indicator: Perform operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation, including problems where both decimal and scientific notation are used. Use scientific notation and choose units of appropriate size for measurements of very large or very small quantities (e.g., use millimeters per year for seafloor spreading). Interpret scientific notation that has been generated by technology.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

Learning Domain: Expressions and Equations

Standard: Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Indicator: Analyze and solve pairs of simultaneous linear equations.

Degree of Alignment: Not Rated (0 users)

## Evaluations

# Achieve OER

Average Score (3 Points Possible)Degree of Alignment | N/A |

Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter | 2 (1 user) |

Utility of Materials Designed to Support Teaching | 3 (1 user) |

Quality of Assessments | N/A |

Quality of Technological Interactivity | N/A |

Quality of Instructional and Practice Exercises | N/A |

Opportunities for Deeper Learning | N/A |

This resource is well aligned with Common Core standard 8.EE.3. The resource is a multi-part lesson which aims to develop students' understanding of representing large and small quantities with scientific notation and to compare quantities. The resource includes lesson plans and materials teachers will need to implement the lessons. Also includes suggestions for responding to students' misconceptions. Depending on your students background knowledge, you may want to scaffold the lesson with a brief review of exponents (comparing various powers of the same base).

(Comments by DG -- HIDOE)