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written by Sheryl Duff
This is a multimedia module on the life and contributions of Galileo. It includes a four-part interactive section in which students can conduct virtual versions of his classic "thought" experiments, including gravitational force on falling objects, inclined planes, and pendulum motion. Users can also explore an illustrated chronology of Galileo's achievements.

Editor's Note: This resource was developed to supplement the three-hour NOVA video, "Galileo's Battle for the Heavens". The video, originally broadcast in 2002, is still aired periodically. It is also available for purchase from NOVA.

Please note that this resource requires Flash.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
- Historical Astronomy
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
= Gravitational Acceleration
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Projectile Motion
General Physics
- History
- Middle School
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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© 2004 WGBH Educational Foundation
Galileo's experiments, activity, thought experiments, virtual experiments
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Metadata instance created October 21, 2010 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
April 26, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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August 31, 2010
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AIP Format
S. Duff, (2004), WWW Document, (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/galileo-battle-for-the-heavens.html).
S. Duff, NOVA: Galileo's Battle for the Heavens, (2004), <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/galileo-battle-for-the-heavens.html>.
APA Format
Duff, S. (2010, August 31). NOVA: Galileo's Battle for the Heavens. Retrieved October 23, 2017, from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/galileo-battle-for-the-heavens.html
Chicago Format
Duff, Sheryl. NOVA: Galileo's Battle for the Heavens. August 31, 2010. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/galileo-battle-for-the-heavens.html (accessed 23 October 2017).
MLA Format
Duff, Sheryl. NOVA: Galileo's Battle for the Heavens. 2004. 31 Aug. 2010. 23 Oct. 2017 <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/galileo-battle-for-the-heavens.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Sheryl Duff", Title = {NOVA: Galileo's Battle for the Heavens}, Volume = {2017}, Number = {23 October 2017}, Month = {August 31, 2010}, Year = {2004} }
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