# The Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics of the Solar System

## CONTENTS OF CURRICULUM UNIT 07.03.06

## Astronomy: The Mathematician's Perspective

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## Appendix E: Implementing District Standards

New Haven, Connecticut District Standards

The mathematics vision statement for the New Haven Public Schools District envisions students as becoming mathematical problem solvers. Students will be instructed so that they will learn to apply reason, make connections of mathematical ideas to real-life situations and to other subjects, have an active participation in subject material, and solve problems as a team.

Students lessons are designed to provoke thought using astronomical concepts. Students will have hands on participation, and will, in some lessons, work in teams.

Standards for first level algebra include number concepts. They specifically require students to be able to make comparisons and determine patterns. They also set standards for students to work in the real number system. Setting up graphs accomplishes the first goal. Finding slope will accomplish the second goal by having students work with lines in a coordinate plane and evaluate for positive and negative slope.

Standards for geometry include the applications of formulas, trigonometry, and the Pythagorean Theorem. Students will work with parallax to apply the Pythagorean Theorem and trigonometric ratios. Students will work with planets and their orbits in order to apply measurement of arc length and area of sector formulas.

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