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ASTRONOMY - our Solar System, Telescopes, Planets, Moons, Satellites, Stars, Galaxies, Universe


Sub-index for this section on astronomy - as well as planet Earth, what else? and how do we find out?

1. History of Solar System models

2. Our contemporary model of our Solar System and beyond

3. Methods of astronomical observation - types of telescope

4. Details, definitions and explanations of objects in our Solar System

5. Physics of circular motion, forces involved in solar/planetary systems

6. Artificial satellites - their orbits and uses

7. Some facts about our moon and explaining the phases of the moon

8. Earth's tilted spin axis, explaining changes in the Earth's seasons

 See also Cosmology - the Big Bang Theory of the Universe

 and the Life Cycle of Stars for more detailed notes


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WAVES - electromagnetic radiation, sound, optics-lenses, light and astronomy revision notes index

General introduction to the types and properties of waves, ripple tank expts, wave calculations

Illuminated and self-luminous objects, reflection visible light, ray box experiments, ray diagrams, mirror uses

Refraction and diffraction, the visible light spectrum, prism investigations, ray diagrams explained

Electromagnetic spectrum, sources, types, properties, uses (including medical) and dangers

Absorption and emission of radiation by materials - temperature & surface factors, global warming

Global warming, climate change, reducing, carbon footprint from fossil fuel gcse chemistry

Optics - types of lenses (convex, concave, uses), experiments and ray diagrams, correction of eye defects

The visible spectrum of colour, light filters and explaining the colour of objects 

Sound waves, properties, speed measure, uses of sound, ultrasound, infrasound, earthquakes

The Structure of the Earth, crust, mantle, core and earthquake waves (seismic wave analysis)

Astronomy - solar system, stars, galaxies and use of telescopes and satellites

The life cycle of stars - mainly worked out from emitted electromagnetic radiation

Cosmology - the Big Bang Theory of the Universe, the red-shift & microwave background radiation


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