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Is there life beyond Earth’s Solar System?

Resources, Classroom Activities, Papers from Physics Teachers' Conferences,

IT Applications, Useful Websites

Resources

Text Resources

  • Freedman, RA & Kaufmann, WJ 2002, Universe, 6th edn, CD incl, WH Freeman and Company, New York.
  • Wyatt, P 1996, Astronomy for the Southern Hemisphere, CSIRO Series, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.

Audiovisual Resources

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

Marcom Projects: Where are the Aliens 1 & 2, Starlight

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Classroom Activities

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Astronomy Resources

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

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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.

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Altitude Finder

32.8 kB

How to construct a very rudimentary altitude finder using an old CD.

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Papers from Previous Conferences

Papers from the 2013 Physics Teachers' Conference

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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).

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.

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Cosmo: Goals and outcomes

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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.

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Cosmo: Lesson 6: Inverse Square Law. Worksheet

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

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Cosmo: Lesson 6: Inverse Square Law. Problems

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

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Cosmo: Lesson 7: H - R Diagram Worksheet

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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

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

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Cosmo: Lesson 8: Cepheids. Worksheet

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Worksheet on Cepheids. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 8: Cepheids. Questions

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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.

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Cosmo: Lesson 8: Cepheids. Video

13.4 MB

Video on Cepheids. Prepared by Russell Downie from PLC.

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Cosmo: Lesson 9: Expanding Universe. Worksheet

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

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Cosmo: Lesson 9: Expanding Universe. Activity

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

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

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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.

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Astrowatch template (jpg)

2.31 MB

Image

Astro day watch (tif)

367 kB

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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

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Video of Total Eclipse October 77 (mpg file)

5.59 MB

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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.

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Tif image of an altitude and aximuth grid

1.35 MB

The grid is used to plot stars of the southern sky

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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

Files from TalkPhysics, the UK Physics Teachers Network

To access other files just register at their website.

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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.

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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..

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IT Applications

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Sky Globe

604 kB

A free astronomy sky program providing a view of the sky from anywhere at any time. It enables fast forward to show the motion of the planets and stars over any time period. This version opens up with the view from Melbourne. Although originally shareware the originators seem to have vanished so it is effectively free. Unfortunately there is an intermittent error that occurs on opening. If this occurs close the program and try again, it should open after a few tries. If you know how to fix the problem send us an email.

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Mercury Motion

13.9 kB

This app simulates the conjunctions of Mercury and why they are not regular.

Useful Websites

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