The Best Test of General Relativity (by 2 Misplaced Satellites)

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An analysis of launched objects helps scholars understand general relativity in greater detail. These aren't just any launched objects, though! A video presentation describes the gravitation potential energy of satellites in orbit and how scientists make their calculations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils make calculations of the gravitational potentials at different altitudes of the satellites
  • Post the video to a class website for learners to watch and rewatch as needed
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a strong understanding of the Theory of General Relativity
Pros

  • Interviews actual scientists using Skype
  • Explains in detail the sources of error and level of accuracy
Cons

  • None