When I was a kid, my class was given ‘word problems’ for an alternative math lesson. You probably know the kind: two different trains traveling at different speeds, which one gets there first, etc. While these were possibly a little out of the norm, they didn’t quite excite the inner astronomer in me. Now, the folks at "Space Math @ NASA" have put together a comprehensive set of math activities for astrophiles of any age (or at least grades 3 and up). You can find some examples of "Space Math" using Chandra discoveries, such as the Crab Nebula at http://chandra.harvard.edu/edu/formal/math/
-Megan Watzke, CXC
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