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2.1 What are Stars?

Resources, Paul Fitz-Gerald's Files, Russell Downie's Files,

Classroom Activities, Useful Websites

Course Planning

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Microsoft Powerpoint

Astrophysics Presentation - Parts 1, 2

5.08 MB

A PowerPoint presentation by Keith Burrows for use with the Year 11 VCE Astrophysics Detailed Study in the previous course. The presentation is in five parts in two separate files.

Microsoft Powerpoint

Astrophysics Presentation - Parts 3, 4, 5

6.23 MB

A PowerPoint presentation by Keith Burrows for use with the Year 11 VCE Astrophysics Detailed Study for the previus course. The presentation is in five parts in two separate files.

Resources

Text Resources

  • Freedman, RA & Kaufmann, WJ 2002, Universe, 6th edn, WH Freeman and Company, New York.
  • Pasachoff, JM 2001, Astronomy from the Earth to the Universe, Brooks/Cole, New York.

Audiovisual Resources

It is recommended that teachers should view any video before purchase.

  • Marcom Projects: Modern Physics & Cosmology, Origins Back to the Beginning 1 & 2, Origins, Stars of the Universe, What are Stars?
  • VEA: Stars: Birth to Death, The Big Bang, Destination Cosmos

Innovative Physics: Connecting Physics to Industry

This is material from the CDROM produced by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in partnership the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (DIIRD). The material includes: Practical activities, Investigations, Materials testing, Careers information and profiles and an extensive annotated list of web-links.

To access the page click here.

The author was Cameron Bell. The support of the following is acknowledged: Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing- Swinburne University of Technology, Prof Matthew Bailes, Dr Chris Fluke, Dr Sarah Maddison and Stuart Gill, and Keith Burrows, formerly of Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School.

Files from TalkPhysics, the UK Physics Teachers Network

To access other files just register at their website.

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Filename

Filesize

Microsoft Powerpoint

HR Diagram Powerpoint

6.32 MB

Prepared by David Cotton

Microsoft Word

Topic outline for Astronomy

28.2 kB

A series of dot points summarising an Astronomy/astrophysics course. Prepared by David Cotton

Microsoft Word

The Sun's twin

56.8 kB

A scientific article about a star with very similar spectral features to the Sun. The article was written by Gustavo F. Porto de Mello and Licio da Silva from universities in Brazil, source unknown.

Microsoft Word

History of Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

24.6 kB

A one page document with a long paragraph on the history with some discussion questions. Prepared by David Cotton..

Relevant papers from recent Physics Teachers Conferences

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Microsoft Word

Outreach & Education from the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing

216 kB

The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing is at Swinburne University. This session was at the 2007 Physics Teachers Conference.

Adobe PDF

Outreach & Education from the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.

515 kB

The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing. This session was at the 2007 Physics Teachers Conference.

Microsoft Word

Teaching astrophysics in VCE Physics

67.1 kB

Presented by Keith Burrows, AIP EdCom at the 2007 Physics Teachers Conference.

Generic

Teaching Astrophyics: Audio

65 B

Audio file of Teaching astrophysics in VCE Physics by Keith Burrows. 60mins.

Papers from the 2013 Physics Teachers' Conference

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Generic

Quick and easy Astronomy tasks to engage your class

2.66 MB

Workshop B6 by Paul Natoli, Ballarat High School at 2013 Physics Teachers' Conference (A pptm file).

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Paul Fitz-Gerald's Files

At the 2008 Physics Teachers' Conference Paul presented a session on teaching the Astronomy Area of Study. These are the documents that he supplied to the Conference Proceedings. Paul teaches at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School.

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Microsoft Powerpoint

Paul Fitzgerald's PowerPoint

3.21 MB

A presentation on Astronomy without a telescope. An extensive range of Paul's material can be found at here.

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Video of partial eclipse (mpg)

2.65 MB

Generic

Video of eclipse in Feb 2008 (mpg)

4.78 MB

Microsoft Word

Cover page for activities booklet

142 kB

Microsoft Word

List of web links and resources

137 kB

List of web links and resources including references to articles in teacher periodicals and the words to the Python's "The Galaxy Song".

Microsoft Word

Using an Astrowatch

1.76 MB

Explanatory document.

Image

Astrowatch template (jpg)

2.31 MB

Image

Astro day watch (tif)

367 kB

Image

Astro Night Watch (tif)

409 kB

Microsoft Word

Moon observation experiment: Explanatory document

743 kB

Image

3D image of the Moon (jpg)

49.6 kB

Generic

Video of Total Eclipse October 77 (mpg file)

5.59 MB

Image

Tif image of a projection of the earth

26.1 MB

Tne projection enables the image to be cut out and pasted on a tennis ball.

Image

Tif image of an altitude and aximuth grid

1.35 MB

The grid is used to plot stars of the southern sky

Image

Tif image of a North altitude and aximuth grid

1.4 MB

A grid to plot stars of the northern sky.

Microsoft Word

Introductory questions for students

968 kB

Image

moon phase diagram

19.2 kB

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Russell Downie's Files

At the 2014 Physics Teachers' Conference Russell presented a session on teaching the Astronomy to Year 10 with lab based practical work. These are the documents that he supplied to the Conference Proceedings. Russell teaches at PLC.

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Cosmo: Start here

104 kB

An introduction to a Year 10 Unit on Astronomy by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Student's Workbook

1.07 MB

The student's workbook for a Year 10 Unit on Astronomy by Russell Downie from PLC.

Microsoft Word

Cosmo: Goals and outcomes

64 kB

A statement of the goals of the Year 10 Astronomy unit under each of the three strands as well as achievement standards. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 1: What's out there? Lesson plan

79.8 kB

One page lesson plan for 'What's out there?' .Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 1: What's out there? Worksheet

16.4 MB

One page worksheet with 6 full colour images for 'What's out there?' .Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

Microsoft Powerpoint

Cosmo: Lesson 1: What's out there? Powerpoint

2.7 MB

Powerpoint for 'What's out there?'. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 2: Similar Triangles. Lesson Plan

63.8 kB

One page lesson plan for 'Similar Triangles'. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 2: Similar Triangles. Worksheet

178 kB

Worksheet for 'Similar Triangles'. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lessons 3 & 4: Parallax. Worksheet

33.8 kB

Worksheet for 'Parallax'. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lessons 3 & 4: Parallax. Lesson Plan

369 kB

One page lesson plan for 'Parallax'. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

Microsoft Powerpoint

Cosmo: Lessons 3 & 4: Parallax. Powerpoint

1.01 MB

Powerpoint on Mt Stromlo for 'Parallax'. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 5: Colour, Temp, Content and Speed. Worksheet

968 kB

Worksheet on colour, etc. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 6: Inverse Square Law. Lesson Plan

38.4 kB

One page lesson plan on Inverse Square Law. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

Microsoft Word

Cosmo: Lesson 6: Inverse Square Law. Worksheet

69.1 kB

Worksheet on Inverse Square Law. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 6: Inverse Square Law. Problems

91.7 kB

Problems on Inverse Square Law. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 7: H - R Diagram Worksheet

113 kB

Worksheet on H - R Diagram. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 7: H - R Diagram Questions

65.6 kB

Questions on H - R Diagram. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 8: Cepheids. Lesson Plan

234 kB

One page lesson plan on Cepheids. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 8: Cepheids. Worksheet

157 kB

Worksheet on Cepheids. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 8: Cepheids. Questions

1.12 MB

Questions on Cepheids. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

Microsoft Powerpoint

Cosmo: Lesson 8: Cepheids. Powerpoint

851 kB

Powerpoint on Cepheids. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

Generic

Cosmo: Lesson 8: Cepheids. Video

13.4 MB

Video on Cepheids. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

Generic

Cosmo: Lesson 9: Expanding Universe. Worksheet

326 kB

Worksheet on Expanding Universe. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 9: Expanding Universe. Activity

244 kB

Practical Activity with elastic on Expanding Universe. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Classroom Activities

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Microsoft Word

Astronomy Resources

22 kB

A list of books and lab resources that may be of use in implementing the Astronomy and Astrophysics Detailed Studies in the previous curriculum.

Microsoft Word

Astronomy Websites

28.2 kB

A list of websites that may be of use in implementing the Astronomy and Astrophysics Detailed Studies in the previous curriculum.

Microsoft Word

Astrophysics

68.1 kB

An updated (Feb 2004) version of the text of the talks given by Keith Burrows at St.Kevin's (Sept 03) and STAVCON (Nov 03) and Physics Teachers Conference (Feb 04). It describes an approach to teaching this detailed study in the previous course.

Microsoft Word

Light Intensity and Distance

22 kB

A practical activity submitted by Russell Downie. This prac uses a photographic slide of many dots that are projected onto a target of a set size. The slide set is available from Peter Mansell Fax 9808 5998 at a cost of $8.

Microsoft Word

Parallax

125 kB

A practical activity submitted by Russell Downie.

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Useful Websites

Useful Video Websites

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