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Scaling the Solar SystemOBJECTIVES:Upon completion of this lab, the student should be able to:List the objects that make up the solar system.Explain the division of the planets into two groups based on their physicalcharacteristics.Explain the nebular hypothesis of the origin of the solar system.Discuss the significant features and characteristics of the planets and their satellites.Discuss the nature of asteroids and comets.Define the terms meteor, meteoroid, and meteorite.MATERIALS:* Calculator (optional)PROCEDURE:Part 1:Scaling the Solar SystemFrom the table in your e-book, or the PowerPoint, obtain the mean distance from the sun, inastronomical units (AU), for each planet. Using a conversion factor of 15 cm per AU, calculatethe planet-sun distance (in cm) for each of the planets in your model. Record your distancesbelow.The resulting scale of this solar system model will be 1:1,000,000,000,000.0. After youhave determined the scale distances, lay out your model of the solar system on the floor usingpennies to represent the planets and the film container lid to represent the sun.

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