Lab: Kelper's Laws of Planetary Motion

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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 worksheet sends learners to consult a "Planet Data Table" in their notes, so you will need to provide individual planet orbit information. It also refers to a specific textbook for definitions. Perhaps your best use of this resource is to simply imitate it as you create your own with specific references to your own classroom materials.

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  • Pertinent exercises for grasping Kepler's three laws of planetary motion

  • A few formatting and diagram-pasting issues make the worksheet not as visually appealing as it could be
  • References to specific data tables and textbook pages prevent you from using the document as is