Kelper's Laws Lab

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Using an online planetary simulator, astrophysics students explore each of Kepler's laws. The 13-page printable handout walks them through the activity, which also includes using string, pushpins, and a pencil to model three different ellipses.

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Pros
  • A visual and engaging activity helps learners distinguish between Kepler's three laws
  • Neatly formatted worksheet
  • Online interactive website is fun, educational, and easy to use
Cons
  • The second of the three graphs for drawing ellipses doesn't allow enough room for a 10-unit semi-major axis, so simply leave this out of the packet