Nanobacteria (Middle School curriculum lesson)

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Description
Students will calculate surface area, draw graphs, and approximate the populations of bacteria and nanobes. Before starting this lab, the student should understand how to 1) calculate the surface area of a circle, 2) draw and label a graph, 3) define circumference and radius. This activity works well after students have covered linear functions—students expecting a linear graph may find the nonlinear (exponential) relationship as a pleasant surprise.
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Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.

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National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) funded by the National Science Foundation

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National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN); © 2007 Joe Donahue and the Board of Regents, University of California, Santa Barbara

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