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Solar System Scale Models: Explanation & Interpretation

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In a scale model of the solar system, if the Earth is represented by a peppercorn, how big of a ball represents the sun?

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1. If the solar system is made to scale where 1 inch equals 100,000, how long is the distance from the sun all the way to Pluto?

2. In the scale model of the solar system where 1 inch equals 100,000 miles, how far is 10 yards (the distance from the sun to Mercury in the model)?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This multiple-choice quiz will test what you know about solar system scale models. Key points include the size of the sun in a solar system scale model where the Earth is depicted as a peppercorn and the distance between the sun and Pluto in a scale where 1 inch is equal to 100,000 inches.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These topics will be covered on the quiz/worksheet:

  • 10 yards in a scale model where 1 inch equals 100,000 miles
  • Main characteristics of solar system scale models
  • Length of time it took for Voyager 1 to travel to Jupiter from Earth

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure that you know the most important information from the lesson on solar system scale models, including the major attribute of these scales
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how far Pluto is from the sun in the scale model of 1 inch that's equal to 100,000 inches and the time it took for the Voyager 1 to travel to Jupiter from Earth
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the size of the sun in a scale model where the Earth is the size of a peppercorn

Additional Learning

To learn more about vast distances in the solar system, consider the lesson named Solar System Scale Models: Explanation & Interpretation. Here are some of the key topics you'll be exploring:

  • Scale model explanation
  • Supplies to create a real-world scale model of the solar system
  • Measurement examples with your model
  • Interpretations using scale model calculations
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