Click on the link Mercury Chaser’s Calculator to open a table of Mercury’s maximum elongations.

  1. Click on the link Mercury Chaser’s Calculator to open a table of Mercury’s maximum elongations.
  2. The first person in the team copy, paste, and post the elongation data for a 3-year period (the previous year, current year, and next year) into your team’s discussion forum.
  3. In your team’s forum, members work together to examine the 3-year elongation data (posted by the first person) to find two days when Mercury returns to the same angle and direction in our sky.
  4. In your team’s forum, members work together to calculate the number of days between the two dates determined in step 3 above.
  5. Given that Mercury’s synodic period is approximately 116 days, team members work together in your team’s forum to determine how many synodic periods has elapsed during those days.
  6. One person in team post team conclusion in this Mercury Chaser team assignment forum. Start your message with the title “Team # Mercury Chaser Conclusion”.

Note: To earn full credit, you must:

  • Participate at least 3 days prior to the due day (1 pt)
  • Start the title of all messages with “Team # Mercury Chaser” (1 pt)
  • Contribute to the discussion (2 pts). Any general messages that can be used for a different lab will not be counted for grade (e.g. “My result is the same as yours”). Any statement that only vents will not be counted for grade and may be deleted at instructor’s discretion (e.g. “I don’t like this lab”).
  • Follow up until team conclusion is reached and posted (1 pts).

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