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Graphing Planetary Data


1. Go to the site:

Record your weight in pounds (Enter your weight here) and click on Calculate.

a.    Create a data table using Microsoft Excel showing the 8 planets and the moon - record your weight as it would be measured on each of these heavenly bodies. Be sure to give it a correct title and headings for each column, including units.  Cut and paste the table into a Word document, on which you will put in all of your work for the day.


b.    Answer on the same Word document beneath the table: Why is your weight different on each of the planets?  Use PI (make your point and then support it with data or evidence).



c.    Answer on the same Word document:  How would your mass compare on different planets?



2. Go to the Enchanted Learning website on the Planets:

View the graphs and the data table on this site. Review facts about the planets including temperature, density, mass, gravity, length of day and orbital velocity.

a.    Choose 2 characteristics (from the 7 bold faced ones that were shown on these two websites) that you will compare in one graph. One characteristic will be graphed on the X axis, the other on the Y axis. Graph the 2 characteristics with appropriate axis labels and give the graph a title.  You will use need to first create a table in Microsoft Excel, and from that table, make a graph.  Copy and paste the graph to a Google doc and share it. Refer to your NHS Graphing Rubric.

b.    In one paragraph, on the same Google doc, you will analyze whether or not there is a positive relationship (direct or indirect), negative relationship (direct or indirect), or no relationship between the two characteristics you compared.  Use PI (make your point and then support it with data and other evidence if helpful).