World Builders  --  Unit 1  --  Your Solar System

Rubric for Web Page Design
 

An illustrated draft of this page is due in class on Week 4.

Your group should discuss what your solar system will be like in Week 1.
You will work on this assignment together as a group.

Use How to Design Your Solar System to help you with this.

Download  Universe from http://www.diardsoftware.com/ and use this program to illustrate some of this assignments  Be sure that everyone in your group knows how to download and install this program.  Work with it together so that you can all learn what it can do.
 

Check your solar systems at http://janus.astro.umd.edu/orbits/ssbuild.html to find out if your planet placement is going to work.  Make adjustments as desired.


model solar system page

A = Excellent   A   means really great work, work that shows effort, imagination, thought, and special care.

Requirements for an A:

All links work. Spelling is correct. Page is legible and attractive.
Draft of assignment is completed on time.

For this assignment you will need to name your sun and planets.

Names: choose your own.

1. Describe the Sun: How far away is your star? What type is it? Where is it in the Main Sequence? How does its mass compare to the mass of our sun?

2. Describe the Solar System: Name and describe the planets. What are they made of? Do they have moons?

Check the Terrestrial Equivalent Orbit of your star to see where our earth would be in this system. Is this where you want to put your life-bearing planet? Now put your other planets in position.

Use Kepler's Laws to figure out the year length of your planets.

Make a diagram of your solar system

3. Describe the Planet: Choose the density and radius of your planet. Now figure out the gravity. (You can also figure out the gravity and orbit of its moon!) Decide on the day length and axial tilt (determines the seasons)

Illustrations: May be drawn or gathered from other sources. Illustrations may be diagrammatic so long as they get the concepts across. The examples for this page were all done in SuperPaint and did not require extensive graphic knowledge or artistic talent.

NASA sites in the Web Links are excellent sources for images.

Links: This page links to Chapter Two and to the Table of Contents.

An A assignment will demonstrate that you understand the concepts presented in the science notes. It will be visually attractive.  The format that I have given you is only a suggestion. You may arrange the page to look any way that you like, but the basic information should be included. To get an A be sure to figure out the orbits and years for your planets.

 B = Good It means good work, work that shows effort, thought, and some understanding of the concepts presented in the science notes.

Assignments that get a B will show that:

All parts of the assignment have been attempted, but the page shows deficiencies such as:

  • spelling errors
  • illustrations that don't make sense
  • incomplete descriptions
  • poor understanding of the concepts presented in the science notes.
  • minimal efforts on the math required
  • draft not turned in by deadline
  • minor information errors
 C = Fair It means work that shows effort, but is deficient in thought and understanding of the concepts presented in the science notes.

Assignments that get a C will show that:

Only parts of the assignment will have been attempted, and/or the page shows deficiencies such as:

  • spelling and grammatical errors
  • poor page layout and organization
  • incomplete or missing descriptions
  • inappropriate features
  • illustrations that don't make sense or are inappropriate
  • very little understanding of the concepts presented in the science notes.
  • draft not turned in by deadline and so late as to cause problems for the group
  • incorrect information
  • indications that student did not do research or read the Science Notes

Assignments with many of the problems listed in C will get grades below C.
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