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Natural Science - Year I

Unit 28: Galileo and the New Astronomy

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Homework Assignment for Unit 28

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Homework for Unit 28: Galileo and the New Astronomy

Reading due before our discussion:

History Web Lecture: Galileo Galilei

Science Web Lecture: Planetary Reports


Chat Preparation Essay

Post your essay answer to the questions below to the Moodle Unit 28 Forum before chat. Log into the Moodle (if you are challenged, use your own Scholars Online userid and password), click on the Natural Science course link, and then on the forum link for this unit. Read any other forum postings.

Based on your readings over the last three units, assume that you are an interested astronomer of 1633 who has been following the debates over the Copernican theory. Write a short letter to your colleague in another country, and explain why you do (or do not) support the Copernican heliocentric system. What objections would you raise (or argue against) on the basis of current theories, proper scientific methodology as you understand it at the time, and Scriptural interpretations?


Instead of uploading a worksheet, you'll enter your answers into a Moodle Exercise. It looks like a quiz, but it is different in several ways:

Lab Exercise

Lab Instructions: Galileo's Observations of Sunspots and the Moon's Surface.

Unit Quiz

Take the quiz for this unit. Notice the times the quiz opens and when it closes and be sure that you complete it on time!