Glenbrook South Year-End Projects

The Search for ET

Project Information Sheet


Your project involves conducting research on the variables involved in the recent discovery of extrasolar planets. You will determine variables upon which the extrsolar planet mass and position depend, propose and conduct a systematic study, generate well substantiated conclusions, and apply your research to the question of whether or not life on other planets could exist.


By the end of this project, you should be able to:

Your teacher will provide:


The student is responsible for:



Some KEYWORDS to use in a literature search:

"Extrasolar Planets"
Physics AND Data AND "Extrasolar Planets"
Education AND "Extrasolar Planets"
"Doppler Shift" AND "Center of Mass"

Internet Resource Launch Page

Collaboration Ideas

IMC RESOURCES (placed on reserve)

General Information
How the World Works 500 REN
Experimenting with Science 507.8 GAR
Foundations of Modern Physics 530 HOL
How Things Work 530 CRA
Physics Projects for young... 530 GOO
Adventures in Physics 530 HIG
A Source Book in Physics 530 M
The Story of Physics 530 MOT
The Project Physics course 530 RUT
Phenomenal Physics 530 SWA
The complete Guide to... 797.1 EVA

Detailed Information about your specific topic:
How Things Work 530 CRA
A folder containing articles pertaining to Extrasolar Searches.

Other IMC RESOURCES (not placed on reserve)
Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedias R503 VAN
Science and physics encyclopedias and reference materials

The folder (mentioned above) will be a very useful resource for technical information. The Internet contains much information about Extrasolar Searches and the physics therof. The encyclopedias, reference materials, and CD-ROMs are also very useful. The Mechanicl Universe Video on Kepler's Laws will also prove useful. Quickly determine what is meant by Center of Mass, the Doppler Shift, Universal Gravitation, Kepler's 3rd Law, Orbital Velocity and Conservation of Momentum and discover how they apply to the ET Expertise Quiz.

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The ET Project

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The ET Project

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Basic Research Qs

Collabor'n Ideas

The Lab Report

Project Pitfalls

Scoring Rubrics

Project Timeline

Other GBS Resources

GBS Physics Page

Physics 163 Page

Physics Projects Home Page

The Refrigerator

The Physics Classroom

Multimedia Physics Studios

The GBS Physics staff invite you to send electronic mail:

Tom Henderson

Howard Jenewein

John Lewis

Neil Schmidgall

Dave Smith

Suzanne Webb

Brian Wegley

Questions and comments can be sent to Brian Wegley.

This page last updated on 3/20/98.