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UNIT 02 - Solar System

EXPECTATIONS: Before we start this unit you should be very comfortable witht he following:

Size & Scale:

Our sun is the largest object in our solar system (every single object that orbits the sun could be squashed together and still not be as big as the sun)

Our sun is a star with a common name ("the sun") and a proper name ("Sol")

There are a number of different objects that orbit the sun

LEARNING GOALS -- At the conclusion of this part of the unit, I will be able to:

      1. identify each of the planets in the solar system by name

      2. relate the planets by size

      3. compare the planets by distance to the sun

      4. relate that planets typically get colder farther away from the sun (with the important exception of Venus)

      5. relate the planets by physical characteristics:
      6.  
        Rocky
        Gaseous
        Atmosphere
        Rings?
        Mercury
        Yes
        No
        None
        None
        Venus
        Yes
        No
        Very Thick
        None
        Earth
        Yes
        No
        Present
        None
        Mars
        Yes
        No
        Very Thin
        None
        Jupiter
        No
        Yes
        Very Thick
        Yes
        Saturn
        No
        Yes
        Very Thick
        Yes
        Uranus
        No
        Yes
        Very Thick
        Yes
        Neptune
        No
        Yes
        Very Thick
        Yes

    7) compare and contrasts planets, moons, dwarf planets and asteroids based on their physical characteristics:

       
      Planets
      Moons
      Dwarf Planets
      Asteroids
      Cleared Orbit?
      Yes
      No
      No
      No
      Round Shape?
      Yes
      Not always
      Yes
      Never
      Size Matters?
      Yes
      No
      Yes
      Yes
      Orbits another body (other than the sun)
      No
      Yes
      No
      No

      Describe these objects based on their defining physical characteristics

    8) Describe our *four* moons of interest and why they are interesting

    9) Show that you understand how our solar system was formed

     

     

 

STUDY GUIDES & ADDITIONAL PRACTICE

Little Bo Peep Has Lost Her Sheep

and Radar Cannot Find Them

They'll all (face to face)

Meet in parallel Space

Preceding Their Leaders Behind them