# The Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics of the Solar System

## CONTENTS OF CURRICULUM UNIT 07.03.06

## Astronomy: The Mathematician's Perspective

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## Why teach mathematics through astronomy?

Mathematical principles can be taught using astronomical data since our knowledge about the cosmos is based on mathematics and physics. Students can relate directly to the solar system because inhabiting the Earth makes us a part of our solar system. Students gaze at the stars and have questions about what they see. Some of their information is learned in elementary school when the solar system is discussed. The rest of it is obtained from higher education, if science is chosen as part of the course study, or if students become aware of news releases about discoveries or corrections made to previous astronomical data learned. In high school, students do not realize that mathematics plays a significant role in explaining nature.

Students will realize that studying mathematics is essential because it plays an important role in explaining the universe, about where we live, and how our position in the universe affects us. Therefore, the subject of astronomy will stimulate critical thinking, imagination, and motivate students to solve astronomical problems by applying mathematical principals. As a byproduct, curiosity about other aspects of astronomy and how mathematics applies to it should ensue.