PLANETARIUM

 
 
GEODESIC DOME / PLANETARIUM

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WEBQUEST

 
 
 

You will be involved in a project at Senior High where math and science classes will collaborate to build a geodesic dome.  Upon completion, the geodesic dome will be used as a planetarium to discover the wonders of the universe in an immersive environment.

 

Follow the instructions of the webquest and answer the questions:


 

www.dictionary.com

 

1.  Define "geodesic"

2.  Define "planetarium"


 

www.wikipedia.org

 

3. What is a geodesic dome?

4. Who designed the first geodesic dome?  What year?  What was it used for?

5.  List two structural advantages of a dome.

a        

b        

6.  List two disadvantages to building a geodesic dome for a home.

a              

b        


 

 

 

7.  List 5 different uses for "mega-sized" geodesic domes by examining the 10 largest in the world

a        

b        

c         

d        

e        


 

www.cccoe.net/stars/5mdome.html

 

8.  According to this website, which "office supplies" would be useful for attaching the different triangles of the geodesic dome together?


 

http://www.desertdomes.com/dome.html

 

9.  Using the site above, click on "Dome Calculator" to the left.  Click on 3V.  See if you can find the assembly diagram for a dome with a radius of 7.5 feet.  How many pentagons (5 sided figures) will be needed for construction of this type of dome?
 
(Hint: Look for the assembly diagram.  Think about the diagram in three dimensions because you can only see one side on the diagram.)


 

http://www.museumoftherockies.org/Home/VISIT/TaylorPlanetarium/tabid/85/Default.aspx

This is the website for the Taylor Planetarium at The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT.  Check out the interactive game from the planetarium at:

http://www.museumoftherockies.org/Home/LEARN/MORFun/InteractiveNightSky/tabid/112/Default.aspx

 

10.  Find Ursa Major by clicking on the various stars.  Explain what Ursa Major is.

11.  Find Hercules.  Explain the constellation.

 


 

 

EXTRA CREDIT:

http://gregbabic.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/creating-a-paper-geodesic-dome1.pdf

 

Print and build the geodesic dome.

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