Modeling the History of Astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Tycho

Timberlake, Todd K. (2013) Modeling the History of Astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Tycho. Astronomy Education Review, 12 (1). ISSN 15391515


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This paper describes a series of activities in which students investigate and use the Ptolemaic, Copernican, and Tychonic models of planetary motion. The activities guide students through using open source software to discover important observational facts, learn the necessary vocabulary, understand the fundamental properties of different theoretical models, and relate the theoretical models to observational data. After completing these activities, students can make observations of a fictitious solar system and use those observations to construct models for that system.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2017 07:43
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25

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