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From Ptolemy to Einstein Workshop Documents

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From Ptolemy to Einstein Workshop 

written by Wolfgang Christian, Mario Belloni, and Todd Timberlake

One of the most popular courses in physics is astronomy. However, the topics taught require visualizations that are not familiar to the typical students in these courses. To address this issue, we have created a set of flexible resources for the teaching of introductory astronomy based on two- and three-dimensional simulations. These simulations are created with Easy Java Simulations (EJS) which is a free and open source tool for creating Java simulations. Because EJS allows teachers to easily change simulations, existing simulations can be customized to the type of astronomy course one is teaching. In this workshop, we will describe how to use and modify astronomy simulations such as the celestial sphere, Ptolemaic and Copernican models, Keplerian orbits including eclipses, galactic collisions, and orbits about black holes.

Material for this workshop is available in a ComPADRE shared file folder: http://www.compadre.org/osp/filingcabinet/bookmarks.cfm?FID=30679

Published July 18, 2012
Last Modified July 28, 2012

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Ptolemy and Copernicus Activity Launcher Package 

A complete package of materials for the Ptolemy and Copernicus Activity, including EJS simulations and the activity handout.

Published July 18, 2012
Last Modified July 18, 2012

Ptolemy and Copernicus Activity Worksheet 

PDF of the worksheet for the Ptolemy and Copernicus Activity.

Published July 18, 2012
Last Modified July 19, 2012

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