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Activity 15 : Pie Charts in Science
As part of the IMAGE satellite program, there has been a web site created
for teachers and students called POETRY. One of the links is titled 'Ask
the Space Scientist'. From this link students may ask a scientist questions
about space and read the posted answers. There are several topic areas
that now have questions that you may read answers to, and this exercise
lets you study the relative percentages of the questions in each topic
area to see which topics are the most popular.
By completing the data table, students should be able to construct and
interpret a graph which includes data from the table.
Students should finish the table by filling in the blank central angle
Students should create a circle graph to represent the topic request percentages.
Students should answer the accompanying questions based on the information
in the pie chart. NOTE: When students have completed the activity, they
may want to visit the POETRY web site at http://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry
and have a look at some of the questions and answers that they find
at 'Ask the Space Scientist".
FAQ: An internet term that refers to 'Frequently Asked Questions'.
Hits: An internet term that refers to the number of times a
particular web page is requested by a visitor.
Scientists use many different type of graphing techniques to that they can
better visualize the relationships within the data. Pie charts, bar graphs,
surface plotting are all examples of these tools. Can you find other examples
in your local newspaper?
Related Web Resources
Visit the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Web Server Weekly
Summaries archive for more data that you can plot.
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This activity was developed by the NASA, IMAGE/POETRY
Teacher and Student Consortium.
For more information, and a list of other resources, visit