Astronomical Math

  • Astronomical Math

    Robert Ryden
    The NCTM's Standards stress the importance of connections among various branches of mathematics and between mathematics and other disciplines; the astronomy problems that follow combine algebra, geometry, trigonometry, data analysis, and a bit of physics. My geometry and algebra students have seen most of these problems and could understand them. They have also been able to experience making distance measurements themselves by using the method of parallax, which is explained in this article.