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published by the NASA CERES Project
This page from CERES (Center for Educational Resources Project)
features a module for middle school on the topic of orbital motion. It was developed by a team of teachers, NASA researchers, and university faculty and integrates unifying themes in physical science with astronomy concepts. In this module, you'll find:  full standards-based lesson plan, background information on Kepler's Laws and planetary motion, a hands-on activity for modeling conic sections, an online orbit simulator, and assessment suggestions.

Editor's Note This resource was designed help kids make the connection between the orbital period and the mean distance from the object being orbited. The Conic Sections modeling activity introduces the concept of eccentricity in a way that adolescents can understand.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
- Fundamentals
= Gravity
Classical Mechanics
- Gravity
= Orbits
- Newton's Second Law
= Accelerated Reference Frames
= Force, Acceleration
- High School
- Middle School
- Collection
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
= Model
= Problem/Problem Set
= Student Guide
- Dataset
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- Assessment
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© 2001 NASA/MSU-Bozeman CERES Project
Keywords:
Project Based Learning, astronomy lessons, astronomy module, astronomy projects, astronomy units, astronomy webquests, middle school astronomy, orbit simulation, planetary orbits
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Metadata instance created January 10, 2012 by Caroline Hall
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(NASA CERES Project, Bozeman, 2001), WWW Document, (http://btc.montana.edu/ceres/html/58Orbits/58orbits.html).
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CERES Lesson Plans: Studying Planetary Orbital Paths, (NASA CERES Project, Bozeman, 2001), <http://btc.montana.edu/ceres/html/58Orbits/58orbits.html>.
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CERES Lesson Plans: Studying Planetary Orbital Paths. (2010, July 16). Retrieved October 25, 2014, from NASA CERES Project: http://btc.montana.edu/ceres/html/58Orbits/58orbits.html
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NASA CERES Project. CERES Lesson Plans: Studying Planetary Orbital Paths. Bozeman: NASA CERES Project, July 16, 2010. http://btc.montana.edu/ceres/html/58Orbits/58orbits.html (accessed 25 October 2014).
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CERES Lesson Plans: Studying Planetary Orbital Paths. Bozeman: NASA CERES Project, 2001. 16 July 2010. 25 Oct. 2014 <http://btc.montana.edu/ceres/html/58Orbits/58orbits.html>.
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@misc{ Title = {CERES Lesson Plans: Studying Planetary Orbital Paths}, Publisher = {NASA CERES Project}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {25 October 2014}, Month = {July 16, 2010}, Year = {2001} }
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