MOONS OF JUPITER

 

In EMAT 6550, a graduate course at the University of Georgia at Athens, Dr. Professor (name changed for confidentiality purposes) proposed a problem to the class.  He presented six images of Jupiter and its satellites, the four Galilean moons (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto).  These images (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6) were taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.  Dr. Professor wanted the class to explain whether the images could be used to determine the period for any of these four moons.  If so, we were to determine the period for the moon(s).

 

Utilizing the Socratic Method, Dr. Professor inquired and probed until we were able to arrive at a plausible solution about the possibility of determining the period for one of the four moons.  He provided insight using Geometer’s Sketch Pad, and we were to apply our own math skills to develop a logical conclusion.  My number 4 answer is …number 3number 2…, and my number 1 answer is…!

 

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