Thursday, January 22, 2015

Be sure to answer this question in your project

How did your person, group, or invention change the way humans view our solar system?

for next class

Please finish your project and be ready to present
Here is the presentation rubric from class today:

We will video tape the presentations again and students will be asked to evaluate their performance.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Possible Project

I am limiting your possible projects for this project. Here they are



Trading Card




Friday, January 9, 2015

Hw for next class

Complete the Google Classroom assignment about website reliability for next class. You should write a one paragraph response and include the link.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

For Homework

Find the answer to at least 10 of the following questions before next class. This is a hw grade. We will discuss them next class

History of Astronomy Scavenger Hunt

Directions: Use the Internet and any sites you might find using a search engine to answer as many of the following questions about the history of astronomy as possible. Hint - pick out the key words in each question to facilitate finding the answers using a search engine.

1. What is the difference between a heliocentric model of the solar system and a geocentric model?
2. What does the word "Planet" mean in Greek?
3. What are the characteristics of Aristotle's picture of the heavens?
4. When did Aristarchus of Samos propose his heliocentric model? Why wasn't it accepted at that time?
5. What is retrograde motion?
6. When and where did Ptolemy make his astronomical observations?
8. How long did Chinese astronomer Zu determine a year was?
9. What is an Armillary Sphere?
10. What purpose did studying the heavens serve for the Mayan people?
11. Why did Islamic astronomers want to figure out how to determine direction using latitude and longitude?
12. What is the Copernican theory of the universe?
13. What key factor kept the Copernican theory from being widely accepted at first?
14. What was Tycho Brahe's model of the solar system?
15. What was the name of the observatory created by Brahe?
16. Whose data did Johannes Kepler analyze to arrive at his three laws of planetary motion?
17. State Kepler's three laws of planetary motion.
18. What year did Galileo make his first telescope?
19. How many moons did Galileo find orbiting about Jupiter?
20. What is the significance of Galileos observations of the phases of Venus?
21. Why was Galileo sent to exile in Siena?
22. What major discovery did Isaac Newton make about the motion of the planets?
23. What are Newton’s 3 laws of motion and how do they relate to the planets?
24. How can Newton’s work be considered a synthesis of previous scientists?

Monday, January 5, 2015

Internet reliability checklist

Is it clear who has written the information?
Are the aims of the site clear?
Does the site achieve its aims?
Is the site relevant to me?
Can the information be checked?
When was the site produced?
Is the information biased in any way?
Does the site tell you about choices open to you?

1. Is it clear who has written the information? Who
is the author? Is it an organisation or an individual person?
Is there a way to contact them?
2. Are the aims of the site clear and does it achieve its
aims? What are the aims of the site? What is it for? Who is
it for? Does the site do what it says it will?
3. Is the site relevant to me? Can I find information to
complete my task?
4. Can the information be checked? Is the author qualified
to write the site? Has anyone else said the same things
elsewhere? Is there any way of checking this out? If the
information is new is there any proof?
5. When was the site produced? Is it up to date? Can you
check to see if the information is up to date and not just the
6. Is the information biased in any way? Has the site got a
particular reason for wanting you to think in a particular way?
Is it a balanced view or does it give only one opinion?


Are these sites reliable?

Find a website that you feel is reliable about an academic topic and write a well thought out paragraph explaining why using the criteria listed above.