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Intro to the Nanoscale Module Alignment to Colorado Standards

Intro to the Nanoscale Module

CO Science Standards Activities CO Math Standards Activities
Grades 9-12 Designs Grades 9-12


Scientific Investigation and Design


Algebra 1


1.1 Scientific Method: ask questions and state hypotheses using prior scientific knowledge to help design and guide development and implementation of a scientific investigation

2c. Algebraic methods, model, patterns and functions: algebraic methods, model, patterns and functions

1.2 Scientific Method: select and use appropriate technologies to gather, process, and analyze data and to report information related to an investigation



1.3 Scientific Method: identify major sources of error or uncertainty within an investigation (for example: particular measuring devices and experimental procedures)

4.3 Geometric concepts, properties, and relationships: recognize, draw, describe, and analyze geometric shapes in one, two, and three dimensions;
1.5 Scientific Method: construct and revise scientific explanations and models, using evidence, logic, and experiments that include identifying and controlling variables 4.5 Geometric concepts, properties, and relationships: solve problems and model real-world situations using geometric concepts
Physical Science


4b Geometric concepts, properties, and relationships: deriving and using methods to measure perimeter, area, and volume of regular and irregular geometric figures
2.3 Chemistry: there are observable and measurable physical and chemical properties that allow one to compare, contrast, and separate substances (for example: pH, melting point, conductivity, magnetic attraction) 4c Geometric concepts, properties, and relationships: making and testing conjectures about geometric shapes and their properties, incorporating technology where appropriate
Nature of Science involves a particular way of building knowledge and making


Mathematical Reasoning


5.3 Analysis: graphs, equations or other models are used to analyze systems involving change and constancy (for example: comparing the geologic time scale to shorter time frame, exponential growth, a mathematical expression for gas behavior; constructing a closed ecosy 1.1 Number sense and problem solving: construct and interpret number meanings through real-world experiences and the use of hands-on materials;
5.7 Analysis: there is a difference between a scientific theory and a scientific hypothesis 1.2 Number sense and problem solving: represent and use numbers in a variety of equivalent forms (for example, fractions, decimals, percents, exponents, scientific notation);



1e Number sense and problem solving: explain relationships among real numbers, complex numbers, and vectors using models.

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