This is a lesson plan for teaching Newton's formulation of gravity. It is linked to textual reference materials about the theory and history of gravity. The motion of astronomical objects is used to motivate the presentation. This material is part of a larger site, From Stargazers to Starships, which teaches physics through applications of space science.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion Unit Title: The Universal Law of Gravitation
This lesson plan, developed for teaching Newton's formulation of gravity, recreates a single calculation that validates Newton's result. It is intended to help students appreciate the philosophical implication of Newton's calculation: all parts of the universe seem to obey the same laws of nature.
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