are Stars like People?
2005-2006 CSIP Fellow
this activity, students will learn about populations of
stars by making an analogy with human populations. They
will graph properties of humans and stars (the latter
using real astronomical data) and look for relationships
between the properties they graph. Finally, they will
determine what can be learned about each population using
this technique and decide ways in which the technique
activity serves as an introduction to stellar astronomy,
but it also works as an illustration of the general methods
that scientists use when confronted with a new set of
data that they are trying to understand.
Photographs of Stars
and Human Crowds
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