Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe



This is the longest, most detailed lesson to date. It should be obvious that this is another case where we could have made an entire course out of the material, rather than spending a single week studying the Solar System in detail. This is a topic area within astronomy that is likely to be more familiar to many students than some others, so I think it is one where you might consider some of the less familiar aspects to concentrate on in your teaching. While we did look at some of the familiar aspects of this topic, we also covered the moons as individual, interesting objects in their own right, considered Pluto as the archetype of the class of KBOs rather than a planet, and looked at how the properties of the Solar System as a whole provide insight into its origin.

Activity 1 - Lesson 11 Quiz


First, please take the Web-based Lesson 11 quiz.

  1. Go to ANGEL (using the link in the Resources menu).
  2. Click on the Lessons tab.
  3. Enter the "Quizzes and Surveys" folder.
  4. Click on the link to the "Lesson 11 Quiz" and complete the quiz.

Good luck!

Activity 2 - Lab 4


During this week, you should work on and complete Lab 4, which is due at the end of this Lesson.

  1. Under Lesson 11 in the Course Outline box (see the menu bar at left), click on "Lab 4."
  2. Follow the instructions to begin your comparison of the Solar System to the known extrasolar planets.

Reminder - Complete all of the lesson tasks!

You have finished the reading for Lesson 11. Double-check the list of requirements on the Lesson 11 Overview page to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there before beginning the next lesson.

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