4. Kepler - 6-Keplers LawsOur goals for this section:To...

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Unformatted text preview: 6-Keplers LawsOur goals for this section:To understand Keplers laws of planetary motionTo familiarize ourselves with the properties of ellipsesTo verify that Keplers laws work for our solar system Outline6-Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) was a Danish nobleman and astronomerTycho ranks highly among the greatest observers of all time (and among the strangest characters in all of astronomical history)Tycho built two observatories and an instrumentation shop in DenmarkTycho BraheOne piece of Tychos collection of astronomical instruments, the Mural Quadrant6-Tcyhos genius was in his methodologyBefore Tycho, the standard practice among astronomers had been to make a handful of ones own observations and then take whatever else one needed from the (spotty and inaccurate) tables of the ancient GreeksTycho was the first to realize that, in order to verify new theories, astronomy needed a body of observations which was both continuousand accurateTychos great contribution to astronomy was his catalog of planetary motions, which was several times more accuratethan any other catalog, and which rapidly replaced the standard error-ridden body of ancient Greek tables 6-Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was a German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologerJohannes KeplerKepler was a brilliant mathematician and theoretical astronomer who sought a theory for the motions of the planetsIn the last two years of Tychos life, Tycho worked as Imperial Mathematicus to Rudolph II in Prague, where he employed Kepler among his staffWhen Tycho died in 1601, Kepler, inherited all his data6-...
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