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Suppose you could pick any one moon to visit in our solar system. Which one woul

Suppose you could pick any one moon to visit in our solar system. Which one would you pick and why? Describe any unique characteristics of your moon, and include a photo or artist created image (if no photos exist). What dangers would you face on your visit to this moon? What kinds of scientific discoveries or questions would you try to find?

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What are the major differences and similarities between Aristotle’s view of the

What are the major differences and similarities between Aristotle’s view of the cosmos and Copernicus’s view of the cosmos? Why was Tycho Brahe’s observations and data so important. To what end did they lead? Explain each of Kepler’s three laws as if you were explaining them to elementary aged children. In other words, do not use any mathematical symbols and try to avoid mathematical wording in your explanations of each law. Describe what an observer sees in the sky when a planet undergoes retrograde motion (in terms of direction of motion, time frame, etc.). Then explain the underlying reason is for retrograde motion (in terms of relative planetary orbits). This module largely presented a typical Western European view of the development and history of astronomy. Give at least two examples of non-Western Europeans who contributed to the development of astronomy throughout history. Cite your sources.

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There are hundreds of moons in our solar system, and they come in many shapes, s

There are hundreds of moons in our solar system, and they come in many shapes, sizes, and types. Does Kepler’s law of planetary motion apply to moons? Explain.
Why were Kepler’s Laws so important? What paradigm shift took place due to his laws?
If the same force acts on the Moon from the Earth -and- on the Earth from the Moon, why does the Moon orbit the Earth and not vice versa?
How is weight different from mass. If you really just want to weigh less (assuming infinite budget and resources!), what should you do?
Newton’s addition to Kepler’s third law made it possible to know the mass of a star by looking at how planets orbit around it. How would you expect planets move if they orbited a very massive star compared to a very non-massive star (assume the same orbital distance)?

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There are hundreds of moons in our solar system, and they come in many shapes, s

There are hundreds of moons in our solar system, and they come in many shapes, sizes, and types. Does Kepler’s law of planetary motion apply to moons? Explain.
Why were Kepler’s Laws so important? What paradigm shift took place due to his laws?
If the same force acts on the Moon from the Earth -and- on the Earth from the Moon, why does the Moon orbit the Earth and not vice versa?
How is weight different from mass. If you really just want to weigh less (assuming infinite budget and resources!), what should you do?
Newton’s addition to Kepler’s third law made it possible to know the mass of a star by looking at how planets orbit around it. How would you expect planets move if they orbited a very massive star compared to a very non-massive star (assume the same orbital distance)?

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Suppose you could pick any one moon to visit in our solar system. Which one woul

Suppose you could pick any one moon to visit in our solar system. Which one would you pick and why? Describe any unique characteristics of your moon, and include a photo or artist created image (if no photos exist). What dangers would you face on your visit to this moon? What kinds of scientific discoveries or questions would you try to find?

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What are the major differences and similarities between Aristotle’s view of the

What are the major differences and similarities between Aristotle’s view of the cosmos and Copernicus’s view of the cosmos? Why was Tycho Brahe’s observations and data so important. To what end did they lead? Explain each of Kepler’s three laws as if you were explaining them to elementary aged children. In other words, do not use any mathematical symbols and try to avoid mathematical wording in your explanations of each law. Describe what an observer sees in the sky when a planet undergoes retrograde motion (in terms of direction of motion, time frame, etc.). Then explain the underlying reason is for retrograde motion (in terms of relative planetary orbits). This module largely presented a typical Western European view of the development and history of astronomy. Give at least two examples of non-Western Europeans who contributed to the development of astronomy throughout history. Cite your sources.

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How could you use the night sky to find north at night? Is this “north” the sam

How could you use the night sky to find north at night? Is this “north” the same as geographic north? Why/why not?
What is the difference between a constellation and an asterism? Give two examples of each
Our modern time-keeping system is based on the Sun. Come up with a way we can keep time using the Moon, instead. How would we determine a “day”? Would how we divide into parts (like hours)? What would a “year” look like?
What is the significance of the ecliptic? Why are the sun, the moon, and the planets only found near the ecliptic?
From which culture(s) did the names of the stars originate? The constellations? There may be more than one answer to each of these questions.

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Lab Exercise 3: Resistors in Series and Parallel Refer to the specific outline i

Lab Exercise 3: Resistors in Series and Parallel
Refer to the specific outline in your manual for the lab Resistors in Series and Parallel.
Follow the instructions and directions below for this lab. Disregard the outline in the manual for your LabPaq Kit.
Read this document entirely before starting your work.
Do not forget to record your measurements and partial results.
Submit to your instructor the answers to the questions below as well as a Laboratory Report. Remember that the Laboratory Report should include the answers to the questions below.
GOALS (1) To learn how resistors are used in series and in parallel. (2) To reinforce the use of the digital multimeter (DMM) as an ammeter (current meter) and as a voltmeter. (3) To learn about and construct electrical circuits in series and in parallel.
INTRODUCTION
A resistor is an electrical device that regulates the flow of electrical current in an electric circuit.
Resistors are also used when a specific voltage is needed for certain devices like transistors. In a direct current (DC) circuit, the current through a resistor is directly proportional to the voltage across it and inversely proportional to the resistance. This relationship is known as Ohm’s law, V= IR; where V represents voltage, I represents current, and R represents resistance.
To effectively work with resistors, it is often necessary to combine resistors of different values to form new resistance values. As you will learn in this experiment, new resistance values can be obtained by combining resistors in series, in parallel, or in both.
Resistors in Series Connection: When several resistors are connected in series, as shown in Figure 1, the resistance equivalent (Req) is the sum of all the resistors: Req = R1 + R2 + … + RN.
Figure 1: Resistors in Series
Resistors in Parallel Connection: When two or more resistors are connected in parallel (see Figure 2) the new resistance is smaller than the value of the individual resistors. The inverse of the resistance equivalent is equal to the sum of the inverse values of the resistors in parallel. The formula for calculating the parallel resistance is:
Figure 2: Resistors in Parallel
The equivalent resistance for the circuit shown in Figure 2 can be calculated as:
Remember the color code for the value of resistors explained in the previous lab!
PROCEDURE
Make sure that you are familiar with the use of the Digital Multimeter. In this lab, we will use the following resistors: 100 Ω, 1 kΩ, 2.2 kΩ.
Locate these resistors in your kit and measure their actual values with the DMM set as an Ohmeter. Complete Table 1 below. If for any reason your kit is missing a specific value of resistance, do this experiment with 2 resistors.
Resistors in Series QUESTION 1 What is the expected value of connecting the three previous resistors in series?
Connect the three resistors in series. Do NOT connect a voltage source at this point. Measure with the DMM the equivalent total resistance.
QUESTION 2 What is the equivalent total series resistance?
QUESTION 3 What is the percent of error between the theoretical and measured values of series resistance?
Build the series circuit shown in Figure 3. The resistors used are 100 Ω, 1 kΩ and 2.2 kΩ. The voltage source is the 1.5 V battery.
Figure 3: Series Circuit
Set the DMM to measure DCA. Measure the currents in milliamperes (mA) through each resistor and record its value. Remember, you must insert the DMM in series into the circuit. Record the values in Table 2.
Disconnect the DMM from the circuit and close the circuit with a jumper cable. Measure now the voltage across each resistor and also record its value in Table 2.
Using Ohm’s Law, we can estimate the value of the resistance by dividing the Measured Voltage by the Measured Current. Do these calculations and complete the last column of Table 2.
QUESTION 4
Compare the two values of resistance (measured directly with the DMM) and calculated by dividing voltage by current. Are they similar? What can you say about these values?
Resistors in Parallel
QUESTION 5
What is the expected value of connecting the three previous resistors in parallel?
Connect the three resistors in parallel as shown in Figure 4. Do NOT connect a voltage source at this point. Measure with the DMM the equivalent total resistance.
Figure 4: Resistors in Parallel
QUESTION 6
What is the equivalent parallel resistance?
Build the series circuit shown in Figure 5. The resistors used are 100 Ω, 1 kΩ and 2.2 kΩ. The voltage source is the 1.5 V battery.
Figure 5: Circuit for parallel resistance
Set the DMM to measure DCA. Measure the currents in milliampere (mA) through each resistor and record its value. Remember, you must insert the DMM in series into the circuit. Record the values in Table 3.
Disconnect the DMM from the circuit. Measure now the voltage across each resistor and also record its value in Table 3.
Using Ohm’s Law, we can estimate the value of the resistance by dividing the Measured Voltage by the Measured Current. Do these calculations and complete the last column of Table 3.
LABORATORY REPORT
Create a laboratory report using Word or another word processing software that contains at least these elements:
Introduction: what is the purpose of this laboratory experiment?
Descriiption of how you performed the different parts of this exercise. At the very least, this part should contain the answers to questions 1-6 above. You should also include procedures, etc. Adding pictures to your lab report showing your work as needed always increases the value of the report.
Conclusion: What area(s) you had difficulties with in the lab; what you learned in this experiment; how it applies to your coursework and any other comments.

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THERE ARE 2 QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED. ONE PAGE PER QUESTION. THE QUES

THERE ARE 2 QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED.
ONE PAGE PER QUESTION.
THE QUESTIONS ARE BASED ON THE ATTACHED IMAGE.
ATTACHED ARE ALSO THE DIRECTIONS FOR THE FORMAT.
1. A friend claims that the “human uses” energy flow in Figure 1.8 is so small compared with natural flows that our energy consumption can’t significantly affect the global environment. How do you reply to this? (1 PAGE)
2. A friend who’s skimmed this chapter thinks it is missing a fundamental energy flow – namely, waterpower. Formulate an argument to counter this claim, and in the process, identity where waterpower fits into the energy flows of Figure 1.8. (1 PAGE)

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Lab Exercise 1: Electric Fields Refer to the specific outline in your manual for

Lab Exercise 1: Electric Fields
Refer to the specific outline in your manual for the lab Electric Fields.
Follow the instructions and directions below for this lab. Disregard the outline in the manual for your LabPaq Kit. Use the packaging at the tray instead of the petri dish. See Figure 3 below for reference.
Read this document entirely before starting your work.
Do not forget to record your measurements and partial results.
Submit to your instructor the answers to the questions below as well as a Laboratory Report. Remember that the Laboratory Report should include the answers to the questions below.
GOALS
(1) To investigate experimentally the concept of the electric field.
(2) To determine the shape of equal potential lines surrounding charged objects.

INTRODUCTION
An electric field is defined as electric force per unit charge, , with being the electric field vector, being the force vector and q being the charge immersed in the electric field. However, since this lab is focused on studying the relationship between electric field and equipotential lines, we can use the following equation:
We can determine E, the electric field strength at a given point by measuring the potential difference (ΔV) between two points along a line in the direction of the electric field and dividing the potential difference (ΔV) by the distance between these two points (Δx). The units of electric field strength are Newtons/Coulomb or Volts/meter which are their equivalent.
An electric field or force line represents the direction in which a charge would accelerate if moving only under the influence of the electric force. Potential difference denotes the amount of work which would have to be done when a unit charge is moved from one point to another, and equipotential lines are lines of equal electric potential or equal voltage. Electric field lines or electric force lines originate at positive charges and terminate at negative charges; while equipotential energy lines are perpendicular to electric field lines (see figure 1).
Since the direct measurement of electric field lines is quite difficult, and requires specialized equipment, we will use the electric potential energy or the electric potential to map the electric field. We will measure and record the electric potential of numerous points in an electric field using a voltmeter, and then connect points with equal electrical potential thereby producing a “contour plot” of “equipotential” lines. Once such a contour plot of equipotential lines has been produced, the electric field lines can be visualized by superimposing electric field lines so that they intersect the equipotential lines perpendicularly as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 1: (left) Electric fields around positive and negative charges. (right) Equipotential lines (dashed)
IMPORTANT !! Before you start the experimental part of this lab, you MUST read and understand the instructions of the Digital Multimeter (DMM) included in your kit.
PROCEDURE
Place the sheet of graph paper on a table and center the clear tray over the grid. Use the rectangular and not the circular tray for this exercise.

Attach the end of each jumper cable to a metal nut by clamping the free alligator clip onto it as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Probe connection
Place the two metal nut conductors in opposite ends of the clear tray. They should be approximately centered and about 2.5 cm away from the ends of the tray. If needed, you can use a different tray.

Position the battery holder with a 1.5V battery outside of and slightly away from the tray so it cannot get wet. Attach the jumper cables from the two conductors to the battery holder, one to the positive terminal and the other to the negative terminal.

Fill the tray with sufficient water to just barely cover the conductors.
Set your DMM to measure voltage by moving the dial to DCV, and its range to a voltage equal to or higher than that of the 1.5V battery. Again, make sure that you understand how the DMM works.
It is very important that the DMM is set to measure Volts (DCV) rather than current (DCA).
If it is set to measure current, the internal fuse will likely blow.
Attach the negative black lead from the DMM to the negative terminal of the battery holder.

Attach a jumper cable to the positive red lead that comes from the DMM. To the other end of the jumper cable attach the washer.

Figure 3 shows the experimental setup for this lab.
Figure 3: Experimental setup
With the DMM’s positive red lead, touch each of the conductors in the tray and record your findings. When doing this, keep the probes perpendicular to the tray. Keep in mind that:

Touching the negative conductor in the tray should result in a zero volt reading.
Touching the positive conductor should result in a reading that is the same as the battery output.
Touching a distance halfway between the conductors should record a voltage equal to approximately one-half the voltage of the battery. If it does not, stir a few grains of salt into the water in the tray.

QUESTION 1
What is the DMM reading for the voltage of your battery?

You can find grid paper at: http://www.classroomjr.com/printable-graph-paper-and-grid-paper/
Using the second sheet of graph paper, draw the conductors’ locations and label them with the voltage readings of your voltmeter.

Place the positive red lead of the DMM in the water again and note the voltage reading. Move the lead around in such a way that the voltage reading is kept at approximately the same value. How far does this path go?

Sketch this pattern on your graph paper and label the line with the voltage you chose.

Move the positive lead along additional voltage value paths and similarly sketch their patterns on the graph paper until you have well mapped out the area between and around the conductors.

With a color pen or pencil draw a point any place on your map to represent a moveable positive charge. Predict the path it would take by drawing a line with your colored pen or pencil.

Figure 4 below shows an example of the results of a similar experiment. However, in this experiment, the tray was square and the voltage of the probe was 5 V. Your results should be different. We include it here to give you an indication of the type of results you will obtain.

Figure 4: Example of results of a similar experiment
QUESTION 2
What generalizations can you make from this exploration?

QUESTION 3
Imagine that we drop a positive test charge into the tray? Where would it have the least potential energy?

LABORATORY REPORT
Create a laboratory report using Word or another word processing software that contains at least these elements:

Introduction: what is the purpose of this laboratory experiment?
Descriiption of how you performed the different parts of this exercise. At the very least, this part should contain the answers to questions 1-3 above. You should also include procedures, etc. Adding pictures to your lab report showing your work as needed always increases the value of the report.
Conclusion: What area(s) you had difficulties with in the lab; what you learned in this experiment; how it applies to your coursework and any other comments.