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This is a high school lesson plan on the topic of periodic motion.  Students analyze data obtained from high-energy satellites of various binary stars orbital periods, then construct their own pendulum in a hands-on lab.  The lesson provides multiple animated instructions to help students through each step of the process.  It was developed by the Imagine the Universe project through NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Astronomy
- Stars
= Binary Stars
Classical Mechanics
- Gravity
= Orbits
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Pendula
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Laboratory
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
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- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- Laboratory
- Assessment
- New teachers
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astronomy lesson plans, orbital motion, pendulum, periodic behavior, periodic motion, stellar rotation period
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Topic: Astronomy
Unit Title: Astronomy Activities

A lesson plan on the topic of periodic motion.  Students analyze data  from satellites of various binary stars' orbital periods, then construct their own pendulum.  Animated instruction clips help students through each step of the process.

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L. Whitlock and K. Granger, (1999), WWW Document, (http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/teachers/lessons/time/time_period_cover.html).
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L. Whitlock and K. Granger, Imagine the Universe: Lesson Plan on Periodic Behavior and Data Analysis - Time That Period (1999), <http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/teachers/lessons/time/time_period_cover.html>.
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Whitlock, L., & Granger, K. (2006, September 6). Imagine the Universe: Lesson Plan on Periodic Behavior and Data Analysis - Time That Period. Retrieved August 22, 2014, from http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/teachers/lessons/time/time_period_cover.html
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Whitlock, Laura, and Kara Granger. Imagine the Universe: Lesson Plan on Periodic Behavior and Data Analysis - Time That Period. September 6, 2006. http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/teachers/lessons/time/time_period_cover.html (accessed 22 August 2014).
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Whitlock, Laura, and Kara Granger. Imagine the Universe: Lesson Plan on Periodic Behavior and Data Analysis - Time That Period. 1999. 6 Sep. 2006. 22 Aug. 2014 <http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/teachers/lessons/time/time_period_cover.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Laura Whitlock and Kara Granger", Title = {Imagine the Universe: Lesson Plan on Periodic Behavior and Data Analysis - Time That Period}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {22 August 2014}, Month = {September 6, 2006}, Year = {1999} }
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Is Part Of Imagine the Universe! Lesson Plans

A set of ten standards-aligned lesson plans developed for grades 7-12 on space science and the evolution of the universe.  Topics include the electromagnetic spectrum, satellite image data analysis, the origin of the elements, supernovae, and gamma-ray bursts.  Printable student guides and assessments are included.

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