Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion Described Using Earth Satellites

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Young scholars examine the orbits of the more than 1,400 satellites that orbit Earth and visualize the application of Kepler's laws. They observe patterns of orbital periods and velocity as a function of distance from Earth to facilitate a class discussion. Video and discussion questions fit as part of a larger series from PBS 9-12 Space.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use a physical model to demonstrate how both circular and elliptical orbits follow all of Kepler's laws
Classroom Considerations
  • Video does not have sound
  • Relies on prior knowledge of each of Kepler's laws and orbits
Pros
  • Works well in traditional or flipped classes
  • Provides background reading and teacher tips
Cons
  • None
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