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Middle School Algebra: Calculating Solar Energy
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Middle School Algebra: Calculating Solar Energy


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Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

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Access Free Lesson Plan Here: Calculating Solar Energy for a House (Renewable Energy Algebra #2)

In this lesson, students complete real-world calculations related to residential solar energy use, including the number of solar panels needed to power the average house and how many solar panels could fit on their own home or a local building.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students complete calculations to determine if the average American home could be powered using solar panels.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students explore the Google Project Sunroof site and use data on their home address to solve problems.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students discuss the benefits and drawbacks to using solar energy and explore equity issues related to the affordability of solar panels.

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Calculating Solar Energy for a House (Renewable Energy Algebra #2) - SubjectToClimate - SML.pdf

Lesson Plan
February 10, 2023
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Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.
Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number, or, depending on the purpose at hand, any number in a specified set.
Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies.
Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities.


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