Orbiting Satellites

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Don't let your classes go around in circles—straighten them out! An engaging lesson explores the mathematics associated with orbiting satellites. Learners use data to calculate altitude and velocity of specific satellites.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a handout with background information and activities; allow pupils to work independently or in groups
  • Consult the science department to create a cross-curriculum unit
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires an understanding of the relationship between distance, speed, and time

  • Includes important background information
  • Incorporates a real-life situation with a math application

  • None
Common Core