Saturday, December 02, 2006

Study Guide for the Astronomy Post Test

There have been requests for copies of the Astronomy Post Test study guide, so here it is. Go to my web site to check on the study guide for the midterm and there are also helpful links that will assist students in finding information for their Whale Evolution project.

∙ The contributions of Ptolemy, Galileo, Newton, Copernicus, Kepler, Hubble, Goddard, Von Braun, Hawking, Sagan, Halley
∙ The definition of a galaxy and the classification of galaxies.
∙ Kepler’s Three Laws of Planetary Motion.
∙ The astronomical meaning of rotation and revolution.
∙ What are asteroids, meteors, meteorites, comets, shooting stars, the asteroid belt, black hole, constellations.
∙ How the sun produces energy and the elements of the sun. The parts of the sun. What is a solar flare?
∙ How the universe was formed.
∙ What is a light-year? What is a solar system? How old is our solar system?
∙ The amount of time it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun.
∙ The effects of the Moon and Earth on each other.
∙ The life cycles of stars and the colors of stars.
∙ Solar and lunar eclipses
∙ The missions of these space programs: Space Shuttle, Apollo, Gemini, Sputnik, Mercury, Vostok 1 and the astronauts associated with these programs, especially John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Sally Ride, and Yuri Gagarin
∙ Gravity and the Moon
∙ What is a radio telescope? Optical/reflecting, refracting?
∙ Know characteristics of satellites, probes, space station, space telescope, rockets
∙ Moon Landing – the mission and the important people involved.
∙ What is the space race and the cold war?
∙ What are the names of the planets and their order from the sun? Why is Mars red?
∙ What causes the tides, what causes the seasons?
∙ The features of the moon.