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Ch 25.1 Exploring the Solar System

Ch 25.1 Exploring the Solar System

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  • Compare and contrast the geocentric and heliocentric models of the solar system
  • Describe the orbits of the planets around the sun and explain how gravity & inertia keep planets in orbit
  • Name the components of the solar system
  • Identify different technologies used for exploring the solar system

Nevada Science Standards

E.8.B.2 Students know the solar system includes a great variety of planetary moons, asteroids, and comets. I/S

E.12.B.3 Students know ways in which technology has increased understanding of the universe. I/S 

Next Generation Science Standards

MS-ESS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

HS-ESS1-4. Use mathematical or computational representations to predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system.  


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Chapter 25.1 Exploring the Universe

Read Chapter 25.1 Exploring the Universe pg 790-794. Outline the reading in your Science Notebook & include major points and diagrams/tables.
You should focus on the following essential questions:
-How are the geocentric and heliocentric models of the solar system different
-What keeps the planets in orbit around the sun
-What bodies make up the solar system
-How is the solar system being explored today


Source: Prentice Hall Physical Science - Concepts in Action

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