Meteorites give us clues about the elements present on other planets. This worksheet explores some data on the compounds found in meteorites
This resource accompanies the Education in Chemistry article From outer space.
The resource contains a table of data showing the % concentration of different compounds in the Dhofar 007 meteorite, a 21 kg meteorite that fell in Oman in 1999. Learners will need access to a periodic table for identifying elements.
Learners will be required to identify metal and non-metal elements from symbols and formulas. Data handling skills are also practised through interpreting numbers below zero, interpreting percentage values, presenting data and performing unit conversions. Learners will construct a bar chart using axes provided in the worksheet.
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