Planetary Orbit

Students compare and contrast ellipses of various eccentricities that represent the shape of planetary orbits. They make a circle with the string by trying the two ends togther. Students calculate the eccentricity of their ellipses by dividing the distance between the two points by the length of the major axis.

5th - 8th Science 3 Views 34 Downloads
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