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Nanotechnology Module Alignment to Illinois Standards

Nanotechnology Module

IL Science Standards Activities IL Math Standards Activities

Grades 9-12


Grades 9-12


Scientific Inquiry   Representations  

11A1: Formulate issue-hypothesis, reviewing literature as primary reading sources, differentiating between subjective/objective data and their usefulness to the issue, or examining applicable existent surveys, impact studies, or models.

6A1: Represent numbers in equivalent forms (e.g., exponential/logarithmic, radical/rational exponents).

11A2: Design an issue investigation, proposing applicable survey and interview instruments and methodologies, selecting appropriate simulations, or projecting possible viewpoints, variables, applicable data sets and formats for consideration.

6D1: Explain the connection of percents to growth patterns, error, and probability.

11A3: Conduct issue investigation (following all procedural and safety precautions), using appropriate technologies, interviewing associated entities or experts, testing applicable simulation models, or completing all data collection requirements.

Performance and conversion of measurements  

11A4: Interpret and analyze results to produce findings and issue resolution options, evaluating data sets and trends to explore unexpected responses and data distractors, evaluating validity and reliability, or substantiating basis of inferences, deductions, and perceptions.

7A2: Set up and solve measurement conversions using multiple rates and conversion factors.

11A5: Report, display and defend the process and findings of issue investigation, critiquing findings by self and peer review, generating further questions or issues for consideration, evaluating comparable issue resolutions or responses for action, or generalizing public opinion responses.

Technological Design  

7B1: Analyze precision, accuracy, and approximate error in measurement situations.

11B3: Collect and record data accurately, using consistent metric measuring and recording techniques and media with necessary precision, documenting data from instruments accurately in selected format, or graphing data appropriately to show relation to variables in design solution proposal

7B2: Determine a reasonable estimate of measure for more complex problem situations.

Properties of matter and energy and the interactions between them   Representations and algebraic manipulations p>


12C1: Apply scientific inquiries or technological designs to explain chemical bonding and reactions, balancing chemical reactions using formulas and equations to quantify reaction masses, volumes and ratios, examining factors that affect capacity to react or rates (concentrations, pH, catalysts, molarity, temperature, etc.), or referencing the bonding potential and strengths within and between atoms and molecules.

8A4: Symbolize growth patterns using variables.

12C2: Apply scientific inquiries or technological designs to explain atomic and sub-atomic structures and energy, describing the composition of the nucleus and its transformations in nuclear reactions and predicting energy released and absorbed, explaining atomic structures to masses, volumes, charges, and isotopic connections, or explaining schematic designs for devices to detect, analyze, produce such structures or processes.

8A7: Simplify algebraic expressions using exponential, logarithmic, and rational number techniques, including more advanced factoring.

12C3: Apply scientific inquiries or technological designs to explain wave theory, explaining the wave and particle nature of light, constructing tests for reflection, refraction, image formation by mirrors and lenses, diffraction, and polarization, describing common examples of optical devices, or addressing light in the context of the human eye (and other light-sensitive animals).

Connections of representations including the rate of change  
Force and Motion  

8B4: Analyze functions by investigating domain, range, rates of change, intercepts, zeros, asymptotes, and local and global behavior. **

12D1: Apply scientific inquiries or technological design to explore the nature of forces,comparing gravitational, electromagnetic, nuclear strong and weak interactive forces, or describing the impact of these forces at all levels.

8B7: Relate the situation to the graph and the function values for direct, inverse, and joint variations.

12D4: Apply scientific inquiries or technological designs to explore thermodynamics, explaining the kinetic theory of gases, the ideal gas laws, calculating temperature and pressure variations of gases, specific heat values, and heat capacities of solids and liquids and mechanical equivalents of heat, calculating thermal expansion and transfer capabilities of different substances, or explaining entropy in common terms and examples.

Problem solving; number systems, systems of equations, inequalities, algebraic functions  
Accepted Practices of Science  

8C3: Describe the relationship of a mathematical model of a problem to the real problem.

13A1: Apply appropriate principles of safety in pure and applied research studies, examining animal care precautions for adherence to safety standards, referencing applicable chemical storage, handling, and disposal procedure regulations, researching procedures and policies to eliminate or reduce risk in potentially hazardous activities, or citing federal or state agency requirements for employees for safety regulations in science research settings.

Properties of single figures, coordinate geometry and constructions  
13A2: Apply scientific habits of mind to current pure and applied research studies in life, environmental, physical, earth, and space sciences, interviewing scientists about how they address validity of scientific claims and theories and/or their understanding of scientific habits of mind (including sheer luck) and how they have been integral to their own research, recognizing limitations of investigation methods, sample sets, technologies, or procedures, questioning sources of information and representation of data, recognizing selective or distorted use of data, discrepancies and poor argument, distinguishing opinion from supported theory, tracing citations from research studies for validity and reliability, or reporting on peer review and juried panel review in research approval and scientific community acceptance. 9A2: Represent transformations of an object in the plane using function notation and matrices.
    9A4: Apply properties of two- and three-dimensional models to solve problems.
    Justifications of conjectures and conclusions  
    9C2: Extend the ideas of formal and informal proof to non-geometric situations.

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