Science Notes Posts

In addition to the prestige of winning an event at the Olympics, the victor receives a gold medal. At one time, Olympic gold medals were real solid gold. However, the last time a solid gold medal was awarded was at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Modern Olympic gold medals are sterling […]

Are Olympic Gold Medals Real Gold?

Law of Cosines Example
The law of sines is a useful rule showing a relationship between an angle of a triangle and the length of the side opposite of the angle. These two example problems show how to use this law to find angles and sides of a triangle.

Law of Sines Example Problem

Astronomers believe it's possible for a moon to have a moon of its own.
We all know planets orbit stars and moons orbit planets. Have you ever wondered whether a moon can have a moon of its own (a submoon)? Theoretically, the answer is yes, but there is a good reason why we haven’t discovered any submoons around moons in our own solar system. […]

Can a Moon Have a Moon?

The average distance between the Earth and the Sun is about 93 million miles. (NASA)
All of the planets, comets, and asteroids in the solar system orbit the Sun. The average distance between the Earth and the Sun is 92,955,807 miles (149,597,870 km). Most people just round it up to 93 million miles. This distance is called an astronomical unit or AU and is used […]

How Far Is the Sun From Earth?