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Assessment of a Solar System Walk
1.Information on the National Mall and other such model solar systems is available at http://www.jeffreybennett.com/model_solar_systems.html. For information on bringing a similar model to your town or school, see http://voyagesolarsystem.org/program/program_default.html.
2.J. Bennett et al., “The Colorado Scale-Model Solar System,” Phys. Teach. 29, 371–374 (Sept. 1991).
3.One in Kansas City, MO, is http://www.kauffman.org/voyage_news. aspx.
4.Normalized gain, g = (post-test% — pre-test%) / (100% — pre-test%) = actual gain/possible gain. See R. R. Hake, “Interaction-engagement versus traditional methods: A six-thousand-student survey of mechanics test data for introductory physics courses,” Am. J. Phys. 66 (1), 64–74 (Jan. 1998).
5.Edward Rosenthal, Casey Durandet, David Harbster, David Hellmann, John Jones, and Hank Mancini, “Novel, Inexpensive, and Compact Design for a Campus-Based Permanent True Scale Model Solar System,” from the Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Cosmos in the Classroom 2007, Paradise Valley Community College. See http://www.astro-society.org/events/cosmos/cosmos07/cosmos07toc.pdf. This model is near Phoenix, AZ, so, with permission of the above authors, we tell our students that it is “the next solar system over” from our model near Detroit, MI.
6.Refs. 1–3 and Ref. 5 could serve as useful resources for such a project, as could the authors of this paper.
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