General Astronomy/Exercises

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Hands-On Astronomy Exercises is intended to provide information about activity-based astronomy learning units.

These activities target upper high school and introductory college level astronomy students. The goal of these units is to allow students to engage in hands-on activities that will complement other lecture and "non-hands-on" teaching activities.


The following is the current list of activities:

1. Kepler's First Law: Draw an Ellipse

2. Scale of Solar System: Make a scaled drawing of the solar system

3. Telescopes: Make a simple telescope

4. Newton's Laws: Balloon Rocket

5. Spectroscopy: Study light fingerprints using diffraction gratings

6. Doppler Effect: Study Doppler Effect by throwing a sound device

7. Angular Displacement: Segments, fingers, fists, etc.

8. Angular Momentum