Sample Moon Problem

# Sample Moon Problem - a full moon in the south east Student...

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Physics 401 Sample Moon Problem 1. [30 points total] Use your knowledge of the phases of the moon to answer the following questions. A. [24 pts] On a series of clear nights over a three month period, four physics students looked out for the moon from their respective homes at exactly 9 pm. Each student had an unobstructed view all around, when he/she was looking. Their reported observations are recorded below. In each case, state whether or not the student’s observation is possible. By referring to the model of the phases of the moon developed in class, justify both whether or not the particular phase was visible, and whether or not the student would have been able to see it in the direction reported. Student #1 reported:

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Unformatted text preview: a full moon in the south east Student #2 reported: a waning gibbous in the south west Student #3 reported: a first quarter moon in the south west Student #4 reported: a waning crescent just rising in the east Physics 401 Sample Moon Problem 1. (continued) B. [6 pts] Student # 3 above looked out for the moon again 3 nights later at exactly 9 pm. Would he/she have been able to see the moon on this night (assuming clear weather)? If so, what phase would he/she have recorded and in approximately what direction would he/she have been looking? If the student would not have seen the moon, state what phase the moon would be in and explain why it would not be possible to see the moon....
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