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Visualising Tiny Things

November 4th, 2009

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I stumbled across this lovely page from the University of Utah today, which is extremely simple, but nevertheless well done:

Cell Size And Scale

From a scientific perspective it is interesting to reflect upon the relative sizes of elements, from a Coffee Bean to a Carbon Atom (through various things such as a human Ovum, Sperm, various viruses, compounds and so on).

From a mathematical perspective it is also interesting for the way in which the relative scales are measured in the top-left. Exploring the different notations for small sizes would be a useful exercise in place-value for all levels of Key Stage 3 and 4.

2 Comments

  1. Glenys Martin #
    November 26, 2009

    I teach grade six and the conceptualization of small objects and why we might use negative exponential is always challenging. This is a wonderful visual resource to help students understand why whole numbers do not work for small things.

  2. Glenys Martin #
    November 26, 2009

    I teach grade six and the conceptualization of small objects and why we might use negative exponential is always challenging. This is a wonderful visual resource to help students understand why whole numbers do not work for small things.

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