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Lunar Eclipse: Fact and Myth, by Sheryl A. Decaprio


Guide Entry to 80.07.06:

Lunar Eclipse: Fact and Myth consists of three major parts: 1) a description of the physical occurrence of an eclipse, 2) a method of computing the time a specific eclipse will occur, and 3) a survey of various folklore interpretations of the moon and of a lunar eclipse. The intention of the unit is to introduce students to a scientific application of mathematics and to use familiar math skills to solve an unfamiliar problem. The unit was written for a middle school class as a final project. Necessary skills include: proportions, operations with decimals, geometric constructions, chart reading, graphing, and interpolation.

(Recommended for 8th through 10th grade Mathematics.)

Key Words

Astronomy Lunar Eclipses Mathematics

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