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This resource is a simulation-based activity relating to gravitational potential energy (GPE) as a function of satellite-earth distance.  Users may adjust the speed and initial position of a satellite in earth's gravitational field.  Visible vectors and energy bar graphs help the learner determine how to apply the law of energy conservation to predict the speed of an object moving in earth's gravitational field.  Included in the "Help" section is a detailed lesson plan with suggested supplementary activities.

This item is part of a larger collection of simulation-based physics modules sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Gravity
= Orbits
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Central Forces
- Work and Energy
= Conservation of Energy
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Best practice
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Educators
- Learners
- application/java
- text/html
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© 2001 University of Calgary
Keywords:
GPE, Newton's Second Law, energy conservation, gravitational potential energy, potential energy, satellites
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created May 15, 2008 by Christopher Allen
Record Updated:
May 29, 2008 by Caroline Hall
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when Cataloged:
September 16, 2003
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AIP Format
(University of Calgary, Calgary, 2001), WWW Document, (http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/energy/energy_cons/simulate/orbits/page2.html).
AJP/PRST-PER
Modular Approach to Physics: Energy and Orbits , (University of Calgary, Calgary, 2001), <http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/energy/energy_cons/simulate/orbits/page2.html>.
APA Format
Modular Approach to Physics: Energy and Orbits . (2003, September 16). Retrieved October 22, 2014, from University of Calgary: http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/energy/energy_cons/simulate/orbits/page2.html
Chicago Format
University of Calgary. Modular Approach to Physics: Energy and Orbits . Calgary: University of Calgary, September 16, 2003. http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/energy/energy_cons/simulate/orbits/page2.html (accessed 22 October 2014).
MLA Format
Modular Approach to Physics: Energy and Orbits . Calgary: University of Calgary, 2001. 16 Sep. 2003. 22 Oct. 2014 <http://canu.ucalgary.ca/map/content/energy/energy_cons/simulate/orbits/page2.html>.
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@misc{ Title = {Modular Approach to Physics: Energy and Orbits }, Publisher = {University of Calgary}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {22 October 2014}, Month = {September 16, 2003}, Year = {2001} }
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