Cosmic Redshift

Cosmic Redshift Flowchart

When you have worked your way through the flowchart write down your final answer and circle or highlight it. Repeat the procedure at least another five times with different digits.

What do you notice about your final answers?

Can you explain what the final answers have in common?

Does this always happen or are there exceptions?

Can you explain why this happens?

Investigate what happens if two digit numbers are used. What about four digit numbers?

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Did you know that the numerical value of the cosmic microwave background radiation redshift is about z = 1089 (z = 0 corresponds to present time)