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Modeling the History of Astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho
written by Todd Timberlake
This paper describes a series of activities in which students investigate and use the models of planetary motion introduced by the Hellenistic astronomer Claudius Ptolemy in the 2nd Century, by the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus in the mid-16th Century, and by the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe in the late16th Century.  The activities involve the use of open source software to help students discover important observational facts, learn the necessary vocabulary, understand the fundamental properties of different theoretical models, and relate the theoretical models to observational data.  Once they understand the observations and models, students complete a series of projects in which they observe a fictitious solar system with four planets orbiting in circles around a central star and construct both Ptolemaic and Copernican models for that system.

The computer simulations, activity handouts, and project assignments discussed in the paper are all available in a ComPADRE shared file folder: http://www.compadre.org/OSP/filingcabinet/share.cfm?UID=12250&FID=33000&code=A816D1F75A.
Astronomy Education Review: Volume 12, Issue 1, Pages 010201
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Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
- Historical Astronomy
= History of Astronomy
- Solar System
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© 2013 Todd K. Timberlake
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10.3847/AER2013001
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Copernicus, EJS, Easy Java Simulations, OSP, Open Source Physics, Ptolemy, Tycho, modeling, planet, solar system
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Metadata instance created January 11, 2013 by Todd Timberlake
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December 2, 2021 by Lyle Barbato
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T. Timberlake, , Astron. Educ. Rev. 12 (1), 010201 (2013), WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12579&DocID=3173).
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T. Timberlake, Modeling the History of Astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho, Astron. Educ. Rev. 12 (1), 010201 (2013), <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12579&DocID=3173>.
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Timberlake, T. (2013, January 10). Modeling the History of Astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho. Astron. Educ. Rev., 12(1), 010201. Retrieved July 15, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12579&DocID=3173
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Timberlake, Todd. "Modeling the History of Astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho." Astron. Educ. Rev. 12, no. 1, (January 10, 2013): 010201, https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12579&DocID=3173 (accessed 15 July 2024).
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Timberlake, Todd. "Modeling the History of Astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus and Tycho." Astron. Educ. Rev. 12.1 (2013): 010201. 15 July 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12579&DocID=3173>.
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