Copernican Mathematics: Calculating Periods and Distances of the Planets
September 2004, Volume 98, Issue 2, Page 88
How Copernicus found the periods and relative distances of the planets. Using provided data, students will be able to discover his methods and make their own calculations of planetary parameter using circles, angles and arcs, algebra formulas, and trig functions. Students also discuss data sources and opportunities for error. Oppportunities for teaching the lesson to different levels is discussed.
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