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The 8 Distance Systems of Space An Introduction to K12 Resources by David Kaufman





The 8 Distance Systems of Space 

1 = 10^0 = 1E+0
10 = 10^1 = 1E+1 1/10 = 10^1 = 1E1
100 = 10^2 = 1E+2 1/100 = 10^2 = 1E2
1000 = 10^3 = 1E+3 1/1000 = 10^3 = 1E3 etc.
The E above stands for 10. To the right of E is the
exponent of 10 (which specifies how many 10's to multiply
together). The number of zeros in the numeral above equals
the exponent of the E.
2. What are the 8 distance systems of space?
Name System Middle 1/1000 Middle 1000 Middle
(meters) (meters) (meters)
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1. Nuclear 1E18 1E21 1E15
2. Atom 1E12 1E15 1E9
3. Micro 1E6 1E9 1E3
4 Man 1E0 1E3 1E+3
5. Continent 1E+6 1E+3 1E+9
6. Solar 1E+12 1E+9 1E+15
7. Galaxy 1E+18 1E+15 1E+21
8. Universe 1E+24 1E+21 1E+27
Above, the upper size of each distance system is 1000
times its middle distance and the lower size is 1/1000 its
geometric middle distance.
3. How is the Man distance system similar to each system?
Man Distance System (Middle = 1 meter)
1 meter (m)  10 m  100 m  1000 m 
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man system  house  street  neighborhood 
middle    
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1 meter (m)  (1/10) m  (1/100) m  (1/1000) m 
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man system  meal  bite  crumb 
middle    
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Note: 1E+4 meters = 6.2 miles
1E4 m = .1 millimeter = about 1/10 a dime's thickness
1E4 m = A speck (My new idea.)
4. How does the man distance system help understand the
other distance systems?
Continent System (Middle = 1E+6 meters)
1E+6 meters X  (10 m) =  (100 m) =  (1000 m) = 
 1E+7 m  1E+8 m  1E+9 m 
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Continent  earth  atmosphere  earthmoon 
distance    
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1E+6 meters X  (1/10 m) =  (1/100 m) =  (1/1000 m) = 
 1E+5 m  1E+4 m  1E+3 m 
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Continent  state  city  neighborhood 
distance    
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5. Solar System (Middle = 1E+12 meters)
1E+12 meters X (10 m) =  (100 m) =  (1000 m) = 
 1E+13 m  1E+14 m  1E+15 m 
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Solar    1/10 to stars 
system middle    
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1E+12 meters X (1/10 m) =  (1/100 m) =  (1/1000 m) = 
 1E+11 m  1E+10 m  1E+9 m 
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Sun to outer sun to earth  sun diameter 
planets    
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6. How is the atom system similar to the solar system?
In the table below, fill in the exponents of E in the
atom system. Then compare relative size similarities of the
atom system to the solar system.
Atom System (Middle = 1E12 meters)
1E12 meters X (10 m) =  (100 m) =  (1000 m) = 
 1E____m  1E____m  1E____m 
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Atom   Outermost  Atoms become 
system   Electrons  a gas. 
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E12 meters  (1/10 m) =  (1/100 m) =  (1/1000 m) = 
 1E m  1E m  1E m 
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Innermost  Nothing  Nothing  Nucleus 
electrons   Concentrated mass
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