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Review for Final Exam
You can bring 1 index card with formulae
(only formulae)
Bring a scientific calculator
About 1/3 quantitative, 2/3 qualitative
Show as much work as possible
(partial credit)
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Tips on getting the most out of your formula card:
Understand what each symbol stands for.
Don’t get confused between similar symbols (e.g., g and G).
Understand what the formula means physically.
You may want to write the formulae in words when you study.
Also, understand what plain English words relate to what quantity:
e.g. “how fast is the particle moving” > v =?, “how big is the orbit” > r = ?
Tips on doing numerical problems:
It often helps to draw a diagram and visualize the problem.
Understand what is given in the problem, and what is asked
Figure out which formula applies (or which combination of formulae).
Check your calculation, and check your units if relevant.
• Celestial sphere, equator, poles, etc.
• Equatorial (right ascension, declination)
and Horizon (altitude, azimuth)
Coordinate Systems
• Small angle equation, its applications
Celestial Navigation
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View Full Document • How apparent positions of objects
change with time—daily changes,
seasonal changes, and what causes
them
• Changes on long time scales:
Precession of earth’s rotation axis
• Seasonswhat causes them
• Phases of the Moon
• Eclipses—what causes them, why they
are rare, their significance
• Keeping track of time—sidereal vs solar
day, sidereal vs. synodic month, etc.
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• Geocentric viewhow Greeks explained
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2011 for the course SCHC 115 taught by Professor Kulkarni during the Spring '09 term at South Carolina.
 Spring '09
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