Ptolemy and the Ptolemaic System


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Ptolemy's system was an improvement upon Aristotle's as it accounted for which of the following?

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1. Ptolemy accounted for the movement of planets by adding which of the following to his model of the universe?

2. Ptolemy lived most his life in what city?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Ptolemaic System remained the prevailing theory concerning the universe among many intellectuals and astronomers for over a thousand years, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the system. For success on the quiz, you'll need to be familiar with Ptolemy's theories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • The center of the universe in the Ptolemaic System
  • Ptolemy's life
  • Longevity of the Ptolemaic System

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Ptolemy's life and work
  • Distinguishing differences- compare and contrast Ptolemy's system with Aristotle's theories
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Ptolemy's theory on planetary movement
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Ptolemy's contributions to astronomy

Additional Learning

Find out more about this ground-breaking astronomer with the lesson entitled Ptolemy and the Ptolemaic System. This lesson can help you achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand the Ptolemaic System
  • Learn the history of astronomy
  • Understand the historical impact of the Ptolemaic System