Lesson Plan

Data Plots of Exoplanet Orbital Properties

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Scientists discovered the first exoplanet in 1995 and by early 2018, they confirmed the existence of more than 3,700—that's a lot of data! As part of the PBS 9-12 Space series, scholars interpret data about exoplanets. They compare planet radius, distance from stars, and planet mass to get a better understanding of how Kepler's laws help scientists identify exoplanets.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Point out the scale on both axes, as they are not standard units of measure
  • Find the most recently discovered exoplanets and create a new graph with only the most recent data
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes prior knowledge of logarithm scales and graphing
Pros
  • Provides all data and graphs for downloading
  • Includes discussion questions to help pupils stay on topic
Cons
  • None
NGSS