Astrophysics Teacher Resources
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Smithsonian Research Cuts
Students investigate the Smithsonian research projects of 2001. They complete a Webquest that explores the Smithsonian Institution website, answer discussion questions, and locate newspaper articles about research conducted by the forest service.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
Mathematics at the Frontier of Astronomy
Students explore the different types of measurements used in astronomy. In this space science instructional activity, students explain the relationship between planets' orbits and distance from the sun using Kepler's Laws. They discuss how math aides in the study of astronomy.
6th - 8th Math 17 Views 102 Downloads
What's the Frequency, Roy G. Biv?
Students examine the concept of frequency and wavelength. They analyze how frequency and wavelength relate to each other by conducting an experiment involving measuring and timing wavelengths by pulling adding machine tape through an apparatus.
6th - 9th Science 3 Views 7 Downloads
The Dollars and Cents of Research
In this cost o research worksheet, students calculate the costs to pay professors to do research, they determine the costs for equipment needed for research and they calculate the amount of money needed to support research through particular grants.
7th - 9th Science 3 Views 11 Downloads
Differential Thermal Calorimetry
Students access prior knowledge of infrared rays, ultraviolet rays, gamma rays, x-rays and cosmic waves. In this electromagnetic waves lesson, students hold a mock trial electromagnetic spectrum. Students present characteristics of the various wave types and their position in the spectrum and debate over whether government should control them.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 5 Downloads
You Light Up My Life
Students examine the relationship between solar activity and the Earth's geomagnetic field in producing the phenomena known as aurora borealis (Northern Lights) by reading and discussing "Earth, Wind and Fireworks." students graph data and anomaly
6th - 12th Science 12 Views 39 Downloads
A Whole New World
Students work in small groups to investigate statistics regarding the solar system and participate in a 'scientific conference'. They explore available information about the extrasolar planet and assess the importance of this astronomical find.
6th - 12th Science 3 Views 15 Downloads
Electromagnetic Radiation on Trial
Students examine general properties of electromagnetic waves, identify position of each type of radiation in spectrum, discuss methods used to detect and analyze waves, and analyze relation between specific wave properties and their position in spectrum.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 23 Downloads
How Far... How Powerfu
Students work with a real optical spectrum of a gamma ray burst afterglow taken at the Keck Observatory. They measure the shifts of spectral lines, deduce the velocity of the astronomical object, and then use Hubble's Law to get its distance.
11th - 12th Science 3 Views 13 Downloads
The Comet Encke Tail Disruption Event
In this comet tail disruption instructional activity, students solve 7 problems using two images from NASA's STEREO satellite showing the breakup of the comet's tail. Students analyze the diagram and use the scale to solve the problems about time, distance and speed of the tail fragment.
9th - 12th Math 3 Views 4 Downloads
Fitting Periodic Functions-Distant Planets
In this periodic functions activity, students use given data of the speed of a star and find the best fit periodic function that follows the trend in data. They determine the amplitude, offset phase and the formula for the angle. They also predict the velocity of the star on a given date.
7th - 9th Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Spitzer Explores a Dying Star
In this dying star activity, high schoolers read about the Spitzer Space Telescope that detected the dying star-Messier-57. Students solve 6 problems including determining the total power produced by the dying star, they find the total mass of the dust grains in the dying star and they determine the percentage the mass lost by the star when it was a planetary nebula.
9th - 12th Math 3 Views 19 Downloads
In this black hole worksheet, students read about how images fade to black when they reach an event horizon of a black hole. Students solve 3 problems about black holes using a given equation for luminosity. They find the time it takes for light to fall to half its luminosity when falling into a black hole and they determine how long it takes for a star being swallowed by a black hole to disappear.
9th - 12th Math 5 Views 16 Downloads
Super-Fast Solar Flares!
In this solar flares worksheet, students observe a sequence of figures of a solar flare observed in 2003 from the Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager satellite. Students solve 6 problems including finding the scale of each image, determining the time elapsed between images, finding the distance the plasma blob traveled and determining the speed of the plasma blob.
9th - 12th Math 3 Views 21 Downloads