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1 Reminders Homework 1 (Introduction to Mastering Astronomy) is due TODAY at 5 pm. Only 8 people have registered for Mastering Astronomy. All information needed is on class website: 110.html 110.html Homework 2 (Scales in Astronomy) is due Tuesday at 5 pm.

2 New Discoveries: Higgs Boson! The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest- energy particle accelerator Located near Geneva, Switzerland Running since 2010 Main goal: Search for the Higgs Boson! But, other discoveries are sure to be made.

3 Video link at:

4 July 4, 2012 What does it mean? Confirms the current theoretical model of physics Our predictions were right! Need to do more tests to determine that it really is the Higgs Boson. Next up: Search for more particles!

5 Planetary Motions

6 Geocentric Models of the Solar System “Geo” = Earth Primary model of solar system from Ancient Greeks (like Aristotle) until 1600 AD Explains rise and setting of sun, constellations, and some planets BUT, could not explain retrograde motion of Mars, Jupiter & Saturn.

7 Retrograde Motion

8 Ptolemaic Model

9 Heliocentric Model Nicolaus Copernicus developed the first heliocentric (sun centered) model in Explains general motion of planets (including retrograde motion), rising & setting sun Problems – planets orbited in circles with uniform speed - wasn’t actually any more accurate than Ptolemaic system.

10 Kepler’s Theory of the Solar System In 1605 AD, Johannes Kepler perfected the heliocentric model by introducing elliptical orbits. Very accurately predicts rising & setting sun, moon, and motion of planets & stars. Kepler used the orbit of Mars (measured by his boss Tycho Brahe) – He hit upon the idea of an ellipse after 40 (!) failed attempts to calculate the orbit of Mars.

11 Eccentricity = Amount of flattening An ellipse looks like an elongated circle. What is an ellipse?

12 Class Action!

13 Eccentricity, e how squashed or out of round the ellipse is a number ranging from 0 for a circle to 1 for a straight line e = 0.02 e = 0.7 e = 0.09

14 Kepler’s 1 st Law The planets, including Earth, revolve around the sun in elliptical orbits. The sun is at one focus of the ellipse, the other is empty.

15 What is the shape of Earth’s orbit around the Sun? Earth, e = 0.016

16 Kepler’s 2 nd Law The line joining a planet to the Sun sweeps out equal areas in equal times as the planet travels around the ellipse. It takes as much time to go from A to B as from C to D Planets move faster closer to the sun

17 Speed Note: If you drive at higher speeds, you will cover a larger distance in the same amount of time. OR: If you drive at higher speeds, you will cover the same distance in less time.

18 Class Action! If you cover 100 miles in 7 hours, then your speed would be (a) Greater than 11 mph (b) Less than 11 mph (c) Equal to 11 mph

19 Kepler’s 2 nd Law The line joining a planet to the Sun sweeps out equal areas in equal times as the planet travels around the ellipse.

20 Class Action!

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23 Lecture Tutorial Break up into groups of 2-3 – NO MORE THAN 3 In your group, work through the following: – Kepler’s 2 nd Law (pages 21-24) – Discuss the answers – don’t be silent! I will be roaming around if you need help… If your group finishes, check your answers with another group & begin Newton’s Law & Gravity (pages 29-31)

24 Kepler ’ s second law says “ a line joining a planet and the Sun sweeps out equal areas in equal amounts of time. ” Which of the following statements means nearly the same thing? A) Planets move fastest when they are moving toward the Sun. B) Planets move equal distances throughout their orbit of the Sun. C) Planets move slowest when they are moving away from the Sun. D) Planets travel farther in a given time when they are closer to the Sun. E) Planets move the same speed at all points during their orbit of the Sun. Class Action!

25 Summary Kepler’s 1 st Law: The orbits of planets are ellipses with the sun at one focus Kepler’s 2 nd Law: A line drawn from a planet to the sun sweeps out equal areas in equal intervals of time. A planet must move rapidly when it is close to the sun and more slowly when it is far from the sun.


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