Understanding Kepler’s Laws: An Astronomy 101 Tutorial (Astronomy 101 Tutorials)

Understanding Kepler's Laws: An Astronomy 101 Tutorial (Astronomy 101 Tutorials) Data di pubblicazione: 16/10/2011
Lingua: Inglese
Formato Kindle
Johannes Kepler devised three laws of planetary motion that astronomers still use today. If you need a quick tutorial on Kepler's laws, then Understanding Kepler's Laws: An Astronomy 101 Tutorial clearly explains Kepler's laws. This tutorial will be useful for students from middle school through college who need a conceptual understanding of Kepler's laws and their historical significance. The tutorial is also useful for science teachers, home schoolers, or anyone else who needs a quick refresher on Kepler's Laws.

The clearly written explanations in this tutorial are conceptual and stress understanding the concepts behind Kepler's laws rather than memorizing the words. The tutorial does not cover the mathematical development of Kepler's laws. The first chapter provides a historical summary to place Kepler's work in its historical context and show how Kepler contributed to the development of modern astronomy and astrophysics. After an overview of the three laws, the tutorial provides individual explanations of each of the three laws. Finally some of Kepler's false starts and wrong ideas are discussed. This tutorial covers the concepts related to Kepler's laws, yet it is brief enough to read in half an hour.

Paul A. Heckert, the author of Understanding Kepler's Laws: An Astronomy 101 Tutorial, earned a PhD in physics with a specialization in astronomy from the University of New Mexico in 1983. He is a professor of physics and astronomy at Western Carolina University and has been teaching college level physics and astronomy for over 30 years. As an active research astronomer, Heckert has published over 60 research articles in respected peer reviewed astronomy journals. This combination of teaching and research experience provides the expertise and skill to clearly and accurately explain difficult scientific concepts.