Where Are You?<br />To find our place among the stars, we will zoom out from a familiar scene, to the largest scales of the universe.<br />Each picture will widen your field of view, the region you can see in the image, by about a factor of 100.<br />This allows you to see an area 1 mile in diameter.<br />“The longest journey begins with a single step”<br /> - Lao Tse<br />
Where Are You?<br />Park Scene 16 x 16 m.<br />
Where Are You?<br />City Scene 1 mile x 1 mile<br />
Where Are You?<br />Pennsylvania Landscape 100 miles x 100 miles<br />
Where Are You?<br />Diameter of Earth 12, 756 km.<br />
Where Are You?<br />Distance from Earth to Moon 384,000 km.<br />
Types of Numbers<br />Before we look into complex details of astronomy, we must first study basic knowledge, such as numbers.<br />There are 2 kinds of numbers:<br />Exact<br />Example: There are 12 eggs in a dozen.<br />Inexact<br />Example: Measurement with some room for adjustment (Paper thickness: 0.1 mm. 0.089 mm.)<br />
Accuracy vs. Precision<br />Another important detail when dealing with numbers is to understand values.<br />Do the words accuracy and precision sound familiar? What’s the difference?<br /><ul><li>Accuracy refers to how closely a measured value agrees with the correct value.
Precision refers to how closely individual measurements agree with each other.</li></li></ul><li>
Accuracy vs. Precision<br /><ul><li>The chart below gives you key points to both.</li></li></ul><li>Significant Figures<br /><ul><li>When dealing with numerical values, it is imperative to focus on something probably familiar to many of you.
The number of significant figures(“sig figs”) is the number of digits believed to be correct by the person doing the measuring.</li></li></ul><li>Significant Figures<br /><ul><li>Rules for calculating significant figures:</li></ul>1. Digits from 1-9 are always significant.<br />2. Leading zeros are never significant.<br />3. Imbedded zeros are always significant.<br />4. Trailing zeros are only significant if the decimal point is specified.<br />
Significant Figures<br /><ul><li>Further rules for calculating significant figures when performing mathematical operations:</li></ul> Addition and Subtraction<br />The answer may only show as many decimal places as the measurement having the least number of decimal places.<br />Multiplication and Division<br />The answer may only show as many sig figs as the measurement having the least number of sig figs.<br />
Scientific Notation<br />Often times in astronomy, numbers are so large it is inconvenient to write them out.<br />Rather than writing large numbers out, it is easier to use scientific notation, a system used to express very large or very small numbers without using lots of zeros.<br />Example: 384,000 becomes … <br />3.84 x 105<br />
Where Are You?<br />Distance from Sun to Earth 150,000,000 km.<br />
Astronomical Unit (AU)<br />Another way astronomers simplify calculations using large numbers is to define larger units of measurement.<br />For example, the average distance from Earth to the Sun is a unit of distance called the astronomical unit (AU).<br />1 AU = 1.5 x 108 km. = 93 million miles<br />
Astronomical Unit (AU)<br />Using AU’s, you can express the average distance from Venus to the Sun as about 0.72 AU, while the average distance from Mercury to the Sun is about 0.39 AU.<br />These distances are averages because the orbits of the planets are not perfect circles.<br />0.72 AU<br />0.39 AU<br />
Where Are You?<br />Diameter of Pluto’s Orbit Approx. 100 AU<br />
Where Are You?<br />When the field of view was enlarged on the previous slide allowing you to see the entire solar system, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Earth lie so close together and are so small you cannot see them separately at this scale.<br />You can only see the brighter, larger, more widely separated objects starting with Mars, a distance of 1.5 AU from the Sun.<br />You can remember the order of the planets using a simple sentence:<br />My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles<br />
Where Are You?<br />Empty space around solar system 10 000 AU<br />
Where Are You?<br />The solar neighborhood Approx. 17 light years<br />
Light Years<br />A light yearis the distance light travels in one year, which is equivalent to 9.46 trillion km. <br />A common misconception is when people think the word year is referring to a time measurement rather than a distance measurement.<br />The nearest star to our Sun is Proxima Centauri, a distance of 4.3 light years away.<br />
Where Are You?<br />The extended solar neighborhood Approx. 1 700 light years<br />
Where Are You?<br />Diameter of Milky Way Approx. 80 000 light years<br />
Where Are You?<br />Notice on the previous slide, we expanded our field of view yet again by a factor of 100 and saw our entire galaxy, the Milky Way.<br />A galaxy is a great cloud of stars, gas, and dust held together by the combined gravity of all its matter.<br />3 different types: Spiral, Elliptical, Irregular<br />Galaxies range from 1500 to over 300 000 light years in diameter, and some contain over 100 billion stars.<br />
Where Are You?<br />Distance to the nearest large galaxies Several million light years<br />
Where Are You?<br />Clusters of galaxies are grouped into superclusters, which form filaments and walls around voids.<br />
The Scientific Method<br /> Steps include:<br /><ul><li> Make observations
Communicate results</li></ul>Scientists follow a series of steps known as the scientific methodin order to answer questions and solve problems.<br />They can use all steps, or just some steps.<br />You will see this process applied when we study exploding stars, colliding galaxies, and alien planets.<br />
Dimensional Analysis<br />A mathematical technique allowing you to convert units to solve problems is called dimensional analysis.<br />When you want to use a conversion factor to change a unit in a problem, you can set up the problem in the following way:<br />Quantity sought (?) = quantity given x conversion factor<br />Example: How many quarters are in 12 dollars?<br />? quarters = 12 dollars x conversion factor<br />? quarters = 12 dollars x 4 quarters<br /> 1 dollar<br />48 quarters in 12 dollars<br />
Dimensional Analysis<br />Example: I am having a party this weekend and inviting 15 people, anticipating each person will eat 8 pieces of pizza. Knowing each pizza has 12 slices, how many total pizzas will I need in order to have enough for everyone at the party?<br />? pizzas = 15 persons x conversion factor<br />? pizzas = 15 persons x 8 slices x 1 pizza<br /> 1 person 12 slices<br />10 pizzas for my party<br />
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