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Astronomy

Astronomy

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Students will be assessed on their ability to:

a describe the contribution of Copernicus, Tycho and Kepler to our
understanding of the Solar System

b illustrate Kepler’s second law of planetary motion with the aid of a

diagram
c demonstrate an understanding of Kepler’s third law relating
planetary distances to orbital periods and perform simple
calculations using the formula:

T2

= R3
where T is in years and R is in AU

d recall the main astronomical discoveries of Galileo related to the
Solar System:

i phases and apparent size of Venus
ii relief features of the Moon
iii principal satellites of Jupiter (Callisto, Europa,
Ganymede, Io)
e describe the discoveries of Ceres, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and
the techniques involved
f demonstrate an understanding that gravity is the force responsible
for maintaining orbits and its inverse square law nature.

Edexcel GCSE in Astronomy

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