My Solar System

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Orbit diagrams appear to be a work of mathematical art. The simulation helps scholars build their own systems of planets, stars, moons, etc., to observe their orbits. By altering their positions, velocities, and masses, a variety of orbit diagrams appear, allowing learners to test their predictions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Bring a spirograph to class for students to relate to the orbit and gravitational aspects of the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires Flash 9 or later
  • Assumes prior knowledge of gravitational pull and orbits
  • Includes links to 21 lessons and activities that incorporate this simulation ranging from elementary through undergraduate levels
  • Translates into more 40 languages—perfect for any classroom!
  • Contains cross-curricular connections to science, math, and art
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