Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Astronomy: Winning Experiments for Science Fairs and Extra Credit

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An all-new collection of first-rate science experiments!

Are you having a hard time coming up with a good idea for the science fair? Do you want to earn extra credit in your science class? Or do you just want to learn more about how the universe really works? Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Astronomy can help you, and the best part is it won't involve any complicated or expensive equipment.

This step-by-step guide explores 30 different topics...

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Overview

An all-new collection of first-rate science experiments!

Are you having a hard time coming up with a good idea for the science fair? Do you want to earn extra credit in your science class? Or do you just want to learn more about how the universe really works? Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Astronomy can help you, and the best part is it won't involve any complicated or expensive equipment.

This step-by-step guide explores 30 different topics and offers dozens of experiment ideas. The book also includes charts, diagrams, and illustrations. Here are just a few of the subjects you'll be investigating:
* The size and rotation of celestial bodies
* Eclipses and the true movements of the sun
* The apparent magnitude of the stars
* Orbital eccentricity
* Meteors and artificial satellites

You'll be amazed at how easy it is to turn your own ideas into winning science fair projects!

Also available:

Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Biology Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Chemistry Janice VanCleave's A+ Projects in Earth Science

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
For teachers and students of astronomy, this is an invaluable resource for hands-on learning. The book covers seven areas of astronomy—Measurements, Optical Instruments, The Sun, The Planets, Moons, Stars, and Meteors and Artificial Satellites. Each project uses the same easy-to-follow format. A materials list and procedure is given, followed by the expected results. In addition, several extensions of the activity are suggested. Finally, directions are given for designing another experiment based on what has already been learned. Also featured are several appendices with information that can be referred to when carrying out the experiments. The experiment procedures are written in clear language, and proficient readers should be able to use this book independently. Line drawings are included for each experiment, illustrating procedures and important astronomy concepts. Ms. VanCleave has written three other books in this "A+" series, covering biology, chemistry and earth science, as well as many other titles about science and math for younger students. 2002, Wiley, $12.95. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Joanne Draper AGES: 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471328209
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: VanCleave's A+ Science Projects Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

JANICE VANCLEAVE is a former award-winning science teacher who now spends her time writing and giving science workshops. She is the author of over 40 books with sales totaling over 2 million copies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I Measurements
1. Apparent Diameter: Observed Diameter of Celestial Bodies 9
2. Angular Separation: Angular Distance between Celestial Bodies 16
3. Altitude: Vertical Coordinate 23
4. Azimuth: Horizontal Coordinate 28
Part II Optical Instruments
5. Apertures: The Gathering of Light 37
6. Diffraction: The Spreading of Light 43
Part III The Sun
7. Sunspots: Cooler Surface Regions 51
8. True Sun: How the Sun Appears to Move 56
9. Seasons: Four Times of the Year 62
Part IV The Planets
10. Solar System Scale: Miniature Model 71
11. Barycenter: The Balancing Point 77
12. Orbital Eccentricity: How Circular a Celestial Body's Path Is 82
13. Planetary Phenomena: Planetary Movement Relative to Earth 87
14. Orbital Period: Time of Revolution 93
15. Spherodis: Bulging Bodies 99
16. Rotation: The Spinning of Celestial Bodies 106
17. Phases of Venus: Changes in Shape and Size 111
Part V Moons
18. Moon Phase: The Moon's Visible Lighted Surface 119
19. Eclipses: Shadows of Earth and the Moon 124
20. Craters, Maria, and Highlands: The Moon's Surface Features 128
21. Galilean Satellites: Jupiter's Largest Moons 133
Part VI Stars
22. Celestial Sphere: Sky Globe 141
23. Zodiac Band: Background for the Ecliptic 146
24. Circumpolar: Stars above the Horizon 153
25. Star Clock: Star Positions Indicate Time 157
26. Star Systems: Multiple Stars 162
27. Apparent Magnitude: Apparent Star Brightness 166
28. Parallax: Apparent Shift of an Object 172
Part VII Meteors and Artificial Satellites
29. Meteors: Streaks of Light in the Sky 181
30. Artificial Satellites: Man-made Orbiters 185
Appendix 1 Random Error of Measurement 189
Appendix 2 Relative Error: Percentage Error 191
Appendix 3 Planet Facts and Figures 193
Appendix 4 Tangent Table 195
Appendix 5 Sources of Scientific Supplies 197
Glossary 199
Index 209
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