PHYS 1403 Week 4 Lab Report | Assignment Help | Central Texas College

PHYS 1403 Week 4 Lab Report | Assignment Help | Central Texas College

Lesson 4 Lab: Extrasolar Planets

Lesson 4 Lab: Extrasolar Planets is intended to provide insight into the orbital dynamics of planetary systems and how mission such as the Kepler Spacecraft are detecting these distant planets. This lab examines the properties of extrasolar planets as applied to planets outside of the solar systems as well. In Lesson 4 we are learning that thousands of extrasolar planets have been discovered thus far and there is no reason to think that many thousands more won't be discovered soon. In fact, the existence of planets may be a byproduct of star formation for nearly every star in the galaxy. This goes hand in hand with the current lesson on extra-solar planetary discoveries.

Getting started with Lesson 4 Lab: Extrasolar Planets:

·         First, select the following link and work through the background sections on the center of mass, Doppler shift, and detection at:

o    Extrasolar Planets

                        Next, open the Exoplanet Transit Simulator, and familiarize yourself with the capabilities of the planetary orbit simulator through experimentation. You will also be utilizing the Exoplanet Radial Velocity Simulator.

                        After familiarizing yourself with the simulation interactive, using the Exoplanet Transit Simulator, follow instructions and answer questions in the Lesson 4 Lab - Extrasolar Planet Worksheet.

                        Note: This Lab requires rudimentary drawings. You may draw them by hand and scan the document or use simple figure and shape drawing tools available in MS Word.

Note: The Lab Simulators require Flash Player which is integrated into Windows 10 and work best with Internet Explorer (IE). To avoid technical issues IE is recommended for running the simulations. If you try another browser you will need to set up flash player options for that browser yourself. For example, if you are using Chrome, go to the upper left of the URL browser entry, select "Not Secure" then select "Allow" to give Chrome permission to open the simulator.

Submit your Lab Worksheet

·         Select the Lesson 4 Lab: Extrasolar Planets link above. Then answer the questions using your answers from your worksheet.

Labs do not have a time limit but are due on the due date of the lesson posted in the Syllabus Page 2.

Simulations courtesy of Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln website.


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