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Middle School Algebra: Solar Energy & Peak Sun Hours
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Middle School Algebra: Solar Energy & Peak Sun Hours


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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 Peak Sun Hours (Renewable Energy Algebra #1)

This lesson introduces solar energy and tasks students with solving an algebraic equation to determine the amount of daily sunlight needed to make a solar panel effective.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students work through a practice problem and discuss what they already know about solar energy.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students briefly learn some background information about solar energy and then use algebra to calculate the amount of peak sun hours needed to make a solar panel effective. Students compare their calculated values to real-world data to determine if this amount of sunlight is possible in their area.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students make predictions and discuss if they think their home could be powered by solar panels using the calculations from class as evidence.

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Calculating Peak Sun Hours (Renewable Energy Algebra #1) - 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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