Year 9/Year 10 Stage 5 Universe – Introduction – Survey

Pre Topic Quiz

    1. How many planets are there in our solar system?
    2. Name all the planets (nearest to the furthest to the sun).
    3. Name the outer larger planets.
    4. What are asteroids?
    5. A belief that links the positions of the stars and planets to human destinies. It has no scientific background is called ______ (astrology, astronomy)
    6. The study of the universe is called __________ (astrology, astronomy).
    7. A small, frozen mass of dust and gas revolving around the sun is called: _________   (comets, meteors)
  • A shooting star, observed when a particle of dust enters into the Earth’s atmosphere  is called: ___________    (meteors, comets)
  • The moon is  a _______________. (satelite, star).
  • What is a light year?  ______________
  • What is the scientific theory that explains how the universe started, and then made the stars and galaxies we see today?


True or False for Question 12 to 16:

  1. Gravitational force holds the planet in orbit around the sun.   T/F
  2. Gravitational force keeps the moon in orbit around the Earth.   T/F
  3. Ocean tides are the result of gravitational pull of the moon on the seas causing ocean tides on Earth.          T/F
  4. Stars and planets are created by gravitational force pulling together the material from which they are made.                 T/F
  5. Gravitational force pulls you towards the centre of the Earth.  T/F
  6. Newton’s law of Gravitational force states that every object in the universe will experience an attractive force.        T/F

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