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Learning Exercise

Material: Planetary Transits
Submitted by: Richard McCray on Apr 05, 2011
Date Last Modified: Apr 05, 2011
Title: Planetary transits
Description: A learning exercise based on the planetary transits applet. Learning goals: 1. To understand how astronomers detect extrasolar planets by measuring transits in the light curve of the companion star 2. To understand the effects of uncertainty in measurement 3. To understand how the planet's temperature and emission spectrum is controlled by absorption and reemission of stellarradiation.
Type of Task: Unsupervised
Time Required 1 hour
Topics: Extra-solar planets
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, High School
Text of Learning Exercise: Links to exercises appear when one clicks on the planetary transits url.
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