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AST 301 - Test Form A WINGET AST 301 EXAM 1 FALL 2010...

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Test Form A WINGET AST 301 EXAM 1 FALL 2010 Instructions: Pick the single best answer and mark on the answer sheet provided. Use a No. 2 pencil. Make sure to include your name, UTEID, and Test Form on your scantron. 1. A total solar eclipse can be observed a. for only a few minutes at any one place b. only from points along a narrow path on the Earth c. from the side of the Earth facing the Moon d. all of the above e. none of the above 2. Aristotle had a grasp of parallax (measuring the angle to a star six months apart, similar to holding your finger at arm's length and viewing it alternatively with your left or right eye), which he used to "prove" wrong the idea that the Earth orbited the sun. Where was his mistake? a. He underestimated the time it takes the Earth to orbit the sun. b. He did not account for the astrological implications of his observations. c. He underestimated the tremendous distance between our sun and other stars. d. He overestimated the radius of our Earth. e. He did not account for the elliptical nature of Earth’s orbit around the sun. 3. If the Earth orbited around the sun in the opposite direction (recall the classroom demonstration), then 4. What assumption (or assumptions) about the cosmos did Ptolemy and his contemporaries make that Copernicus claimed was erroneous? 5. A scientific experiment is
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6. Gravity is responsible for a. the orbits of stars in a galaxy b. the orbits of planets around the sun c. the fall of an apple d. all of the above e. none of the above 7. The characteristic rotation of large storms on the Earth is the result of
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