Concepts

Miscellaneous
This is a list of some of the ideas that we cover in class. Some of these links go to a separate page explaining the concept, like the phases of the moon, and others go to the person who developed the idea, like Kepler's Laws. It's pretty random.

- Vocabulary.
- Basic orbital definitions.
- Phases of the moon.
- Eclipses.
- Finding the Sun on a Solstice or Equinox.
- How to calculate the sidereal period from the synodic period.
- How to determine the size of the earth.
- How to determine the distance to the moon.
- How to determine the distance to the sun.
- How to determine a distance using parallax.
- Examples of the Bible saying the earth can't move.
- Models of the Solar System.
- Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion.
- Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation.
- Derivation of Kepler's Laws from Newton's Laws.
- Plotting the orbit of the earth using triangulation.
- Plotting the orbit of any planet using triangulation.
- Plotting the orbit of an inner planet using greatest elongation.
- Proof that the earth orbits the sun.
- Proof that the earth rotates on its axis.
- Proof that Ptolemy's model was wrong.
- All the handouts from class.

If you are looking for something in particular and can't find it in the randomness to the left, try a search here:

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