I’m trying to learn for my Physics class and I’m stuck. Can you help?
Research a method for each of the following measurements. These method should be as simple as they can be – Implementable 2,500 years ago …
I. Estimate the diameter of the moon
Hint: Recall Aristarchus (notes and book)
II. Estimate the distance Earth-Moon
Hint: Extend your arm, the width of your little pinky covers about 1 degree out of 360 degrees. How many moons can you fit in?
III. Estimate the ratio of the diameter of the Sun over its distance
Hint: Recall the pinhole method (book and notes) or remember that during an eclipse, the moon exactly covers the sun…
IV. Estimate the distance Earth-Sun
Hint: Google the parallax method or the method used by Aristarchus