Astronomy Lecture 3: Planets Everywhere

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In this third lecture of three in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy, Columbia University professor David Helfand describes methods of detecting other solar systems and planets and their properties in the interest of answering the question: Is our solar system unique, or are there others like it in the Universe? A lecture video and companion PowerPoint presentation are also available on FoSO.

Astronomy Lecture 3: Planets Everywhere

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Planets Everywhere

In this third lecture video of three in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy, Columbia University professor David Helfand describes methods of detecting other solar systems and planets and their properties in the interest of answering the question: Is our solar system unique, or are there others like it in the Universe? A lecture transcript and companion PowerPoint presentation are also available on FoSO.

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Astronomy Lecture 3: Planets Everywhere

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Star wobble due to unseen planet.

In this PowerPoint presentation, the third of three in the Frontiers of Science unit on astronomy, Columbia University professor David Helfand presents methods of detecting other solar systems and planets and their properties in the interest of answering the question: Is our solar system unique, or are there others like it in the Universe? A lecture video and transcript are also available on FoSO.

Wombats and Bees

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Butterfly, bird, and plant declines.

This assignment requires students to consider data related to diversity in local animal populations. Students will apply their understanding of samples, populations, and statistics to data from several different published studies of biodiversity. This document serves as a student handout; an answer key is provided in an accompanying document.

Wombats and Bees

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Fruit-set effect sizes of pollen-supplementation experiments, North America.

This assignment requires students to consider data related to diversity in local animal populations. Students will apply their understanding of samples, populations, and statistics to data from several different published studies of biodiversity. This document serves as an answer key; a student handout is provided in an accompanying document.

How Do You Measure the Mass of a Star?

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Inclination of the orbital plane.

In this activity, students will work through the equations used to calculate the mass of a star. This document may be used as a lesson plan or handout and will spark group discussion and practice problems.