Powers of Ten


  • Aug 18 2010 1:44 PM

    David Melton


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    Science NetLinks

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This tool, reviewed by Science NetLinks, is an applet based on the Powers of Ten concept that was advanced by architect Charles Eames, who first utilized powers to aid in visualization of large numbers and who directed the film of the same name. The page contains an applet that allows viewers to look at the Milky Way at 10 million light years from Earth and then move through space towards Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree. After that, the applet takes you from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA, and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons. The page also explains exponential notation. While this page links to the overview for the Powers of Ten tool for grades 9-12, you'll find additional links and benchmarks for grades K-12 by using the navigation tools at the top of the page. Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 9 to 12

    Topics: Earth & Space Science, Measurement, Tools, and Data Analysis, Science, Measurement & Geometry, Mathematics