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written by Doug Hamilton
This web site contains a collection of animations, simulations, and interactive tools for astronomy students.  Topics include astronomical distances, orbital mechanics, and the solar system.  Calculators allow students to explore parameter in both simple and more complicated orbital systems.
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- Astronomy Education
- Solar System
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Collection
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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- Learners
- Educators
- application/java
- text/html
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Author: Susana Deustua
Posted: September 28, 2008 at 10:00AM
Source: The Astronomy Center collection

Astronomy Workshop Tools works best for students in the context of a course, where their instructor has prepped them.  The simulations are decent,  and the calculators are helpful.  This is not a standalone tool, as currently designed.

On the presentation aspect, the tools would benefit from colors and graphics that are easier on the eye than the vivid reds and blues on a black background.

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Astronomy Workshop Tools:

Contains Astronomy Workshop: Solar System Collisions

An interactive tool for students to see the calculated results of bombarding a planet with an asteroid or comet. Users control velocity and diameter of the impacting object, and also choose its physical composition. Switch from bombardment of Earth to other planets to see how a planet's atmosphere helps protect it.

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