How Does Your Smartphone Know Your Location?

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When your smartphone tells you the weather of your current location or gives you directions to the nearest gas station, there's more going on that you might realize. Follow along with this short video as it explains how satellites, atomic clocks, and the theory of relativity make GPS systems possible.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Watch this video during a physics unit on the electromagnetic spectrum
  • After watching this video, have students research other methods for keeping track of time, both past and present
  • Assign this video and assessment as homework in your flipped classroom
Classroom Considerations
  • Video assumes viewers have a basic understanding of chemistry and wave behavior
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Colorful animations engage viewers and visually support the content being presented
  • Resource includes a short assessment with five multiple choice and three free response questions
  • Teacher have the ability to create their own customized lessons based on the video
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