Lecture Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-08-01
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
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Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy, which was developed by the Conceptual Astronomy and Physics Education Research (CAPER) Team, is a collection of classroom-tested activities designed for the large-lecture introductory astronomy class, although it is suitable for any astronomy class. The Lecture-Tutorials are short, structured activities designed for students to complete while working in pairs. Each activity targets one or more specific learning objectives based on research on student difficulties in astronomy. Most activities can be completed in 10 to 15 minutes. The instructor's guide provides, for each activity, the recommended prerequisite knowledge, the learning goals for the activity, a pre-activity assessment question, an answer key, suggestions for implementation, and follow-up questions to be used for class discussion or homework.

Table of Contents

The Night Sky
Seasonal Stars
Solar vs. Sidereal Day
Star Charts
Fundamentals of Astronomy
Keplerrsquo;s 2 nd Law
Keplerrsquo;s 3 rd Law
Newtonrsquo;s Laws and Gravity
Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes of Stars
The Parsec
Parallax and Distance
Spectroscopic Parallax
Nature of Light in Astronomy
The Electromagnetic (EM) Spectrum of Light
Telescopes and Earthrsquo;s Atmosphere
Luminosity, Temperature and Size
Blackbody Radiation
Types of Spectra
Light and Atoms
Analyzing Spectra
Doppler Shift
Our Solar System
The Cause of Moon Phases
Predicting Moon Phases
Path of Sun
Observing Retrograde Motion
Earthrsquo;s Changing Surface
Temperature and Formation of Our Solar System
Sun Size
Stars Galaxies and Beyond
H-R Diagram
Star Formation and Lifetimes
Binary Stars
The Motion of Extrasolar Planets
Stellar Evolution
Milky Way Scales
Galaxy Classification
Looking at Distant Objects
Expansion of the Universe
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