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127 reviewed resources for planetary motion

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DoodleScience: A-Level Physics

For Students 9th - 12th
Doodle Science A-Level Physics presents six fast-paced, short videos that provide a quick review of physics concepts. Covered topics include Newton’s Laws of Motion, Conservation of Momentum, Circular Motion, Gravitational Fields, Simple...
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Around the Sun We Go

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
You may not be able to feel it, but you're on the ride of your life! Add presentations and activities to your lesson about the solar system and the Earth's rotation around the sun.
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Winter Solstice

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The Winter Solstice is the subject of a collection of materials that has young scientists watching videos, conducting experiments, and making calculations, all to investigate the scientific concepts behind the shortest day of the year in...
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Lab: Kelper's Laws of Planetary Motion

For Students 9th - 12th
High school astrophysicists perform the classic activity of using a loop of string and two push pins to draw ellipses and calculate eccentricity. They also answer questions and solve problems using Kepler's laws of planetary motion. The...
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Kelper's Three Laws

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A flipped classroom lesson introduces astrophysics fanatics to Kepler's three laws of planetary motion. After reading about the laws of ellipses, equal areas, and harmonies, and also learning how Newton's gravitation concepts come into...
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Round and Round We Go — Exploring Orbits in the Solar System

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Math and science come together in this cross-curricular astronomy lesson plan on planetary motion. Starting off with a hands-on activity that engages the class in exploring the geometry of circles and ellipses, this lesson plan then...
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Projectile Motion Review

For Students 9th - 12th
Launching Fluffy, the Wonder Hamster, in a catapult might not be humane, but imagining the action to analyze projectile motion should be acceptable. This physics resource injects a little silliness, yet is quite serious about assessing...
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Kepler Activity

For Students 9th - 12th
Introduce your physics or astronomy class to Kepler's laws of planetary motion with this straightforward worksheet. It covers the basic concepts of each and has learners answer questions to demonstrate their grasp on them. You could use...
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Kelper's Second Law: How Do Planets Move?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Kepler's second law of planetary motion, specifically, the law of equal areas, is demonstrated by your high schoolers. On the provided graph paper, they mark out the designated path of Earth at two different times of the year and then...
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Universal Gravity and Kelper's Laws Worksheet

For Students 9th - 12th
High school physicists apply their knowledge of planetary motion. Using Kepler's three laws, Newton's law of universal gravitation, and the provided properties of the moon, sun, and Earth, they proceed to solve 23 problems. An answer key...
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Satellite Motion

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Three, two, one, blastoff! Your physics, astronomy, or engineering class learns about satellite motion, both circular and elliptical, by viewing this set of slides. Explanatory graphics are included to further enhance learning. Several...
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Kinesthetic Astronomy: Mars Opposition Dance

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Your class will watch as one child orbits the sun as Earth, while another orbits as Mars. If the timing is right, they will see the repetitive dance between the two planets and discover how often they are opposite from each other. For...
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Retrograde Motion

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
How does Mars move both eastward and westward in Earth's sky? A simple interactive describes the concept of retrograde motion using both color and graphic models. Learners understand that the speed of the orbit accounts for Mars' change...
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Motions and Their Effects

For Teachers 4th - 8th
With a simple blackboard-style appearance, these slides list facts about the reason for the seasons, solstices, and equinoxes. It also touches on Kepler's first law of planetary motion. There are no pictures or graphics to help explain...
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Kelper's Laws Lab

For Students 9th - 12th
Using an online planetary simulator, astrophysics learners explore each of Kepler's laws. The 13-page printable handout walks them through the activity, which also includes using string, pushpins, and a pencil to model three different...
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Planetary Mysteries

For Students 6th - 12th
New ReviewA website all about planetary mysteries—it's a one-stop-shop for all things, stars, planets, and space travel. Scholars read an astronomy overview to discover the page's big ideas, then choose from the plethora of resources, including...
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Planet Paths: Studying Planetary Orbital Paths

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers define and identify planetary orbit, ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola, and simulate Kepler's Second Law. They explore interactive websites demonstrating orbital motion and complete modeling activities.
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For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Introduction your class to famous astronomers with a presentation that also covers Newton's Laws of Gravitation, Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion, both uniform and nonuniform gravitational fields, and how to calculate the gravitational...
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Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion Described Using Earth Satellites

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young scholars examine the orbits of the more than 1,400 satellites that orbit Earth and visualize the application of Kepler's laws. They observe patterns of orbital periods and velocity as a function of distance from Earth to facilitate...
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Kepler's Third Law of Motion

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Kepler and Newton make a great team! Derive Kepler's Third Law of Motion using Newton's work with gravitational forces. An installment of the Socratica "Astronomy" playlist explores the applications of Kepler's Third Law of Motion after...
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Kinesthetic Astronomy: Birthday Stars

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Space explorers take a virtual trip around the sun right within your classroom! They stand in a circle facing away from the "sun" (a lamp) in the center of the room. As they move according to your instructions, they view different...
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The Sun and Planets

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Do other planets experience night, day, and the seasons like humans do here on Earth? Examine planetary motion using real images of the planets through a simulation from PBS's Space lesson series. After observing the motion of each...
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Our Solar System

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students analyze the theories of the formation of the universe and solar system. Students analyze planetary motion and the physical laws that explain that motion: Rotation, Revolution, Apparent diurnal motions of the stars, sun, and...
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Homework on Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion

For Students 7th - 10th
In this Kepler's Law worksheet, students answer questions given a diagram of the orbits of two planets about the sun. They use Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion to answer the questions.

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